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Born: 30 July 1980
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 16
Other wins: 5
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Justin burst onto the scene as a fresh faced 17 year old at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Finishing 4th that week, he turned pro the next day but would struggle to adapt to life in the pro ranks as he missed 21 cuts in a row. All credit to Justin that he overcame such a start and he has now gone on to become a Major winner, Olympic Champion, FedEx Cup winner and former world number 1.
Justin gears his season up in order to peak for the Majors and has been a critic of the move to the compacted schedule that was introduced in 2019, “In my opinion they’re too soon. It’s too condensed. As a professional in terms of trying to peak for something, the process that’s involved in trying to do that can be detailed and it can be longer than a month. So that’s my reasoning for that.”
Justin hasn't won since January 2019 and has seen his world ranking slip each year since 2018.
Justin moved back to the UK from the USA in 2021.
Justin was 40 in July 2020.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Justin is a proven winner when out in front and in control of a tournament. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐⭐ given .
❌ Joint second (albeit 4 shots back) going into the final round of The Masters, Justin shot a final round 74 to slip to 7th.
✅ Justin entered the final round at the Charles Schwab Challenge 3 shots back. Shot an impressive 66 to miss out on a playoff by one shot.
❌ Justin performed really poorly at the US Open where he trailed Gary Woodland by 1 shot going into the final round and shot a three over par 74.
✅ In terms of front running, Justin led comfortably at 36 and 54 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open and converted that opportunity.
✅ He missed a 4ft putt to win the Turkish Airlines Open at the 72nd hole (he traded at 1.10 on Betfair). However went on to win the playoff against HaoTong Li.
❌ He shot 3 over par in the final round when trailing Tiger Woods by 3 going into the final round at the Tour Championship.
❌ He failed to convert a 54 hole lead at the BMW Championship, making a complete mess of the final hole after being in the middle of the fairway (he traded at 1.03 on Betfair!).
❌ He was 1 back going into the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship and had four bogeys in his opening 9 holes to end his chances.
✅ He converted a big a 54 hole lead at the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational.
❌ At the Valspar Championship he was 1 off the pace after 54 holes and again failed to break par, shooting a 1 over 71.
✅Competed strongly whilst co-leading The Masters after 54 holes. However, he weakly lost the resulting playoff after they were tied after 72 holes.
Goes best when fresh
Justin's best results in recent weeks have come when he didn't play the week before. In 2021, he had six top 10 finishes and four of those came after at least a week off. In 2020 his three top 10 finishes all came when having at least two weeks off. In 2019, he had eight top 10 finishes and six of these came after at least a week off.
Events to back Rose
BMW PGA Championship
It is unclear whather Justin will play more in Europe in 2022 having made the move back to the UK. He's finished inside the top 12 at Wentworh on three of the last four occassions he's teed it up.
Rory has a very poor record in playoffs but he did win his most recent playoff, defeating Xander Schauffele at the 2019 WGC HSBC Champions. He's overall very poor in a playoff situation though.