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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 will be trying hard to defend his Olympic title this year in Japan.
Rose terminated his equipment contract with Honma in March 2020. Given that Justin had missed 3 cuts in 4 events in 2020 and he had only missed 3 cuts in 2018 and 2019 combined, it appears the clubs took the blame.
Justin was 40 in July 2020.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
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.
At the Valspar Championship he was 1 off the pace after 54 holes and again failed to break par, shooting a 1 over 71.
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.
Competed strongly whilst co-leading The Masters after 54 holes. However, he weakly lost the resulting playoff after they were tied after 72 holes.
Justin is a proven winner when out in front and in control of a tournament. However, he is not one to generally be backed when things get tight or he's in contention but trailing by a shot or two going into the final round. Justin's Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 3 stars for the 2020 season.
Avoid when playing here
Justin tends to take a 4 week break early in the season. In 2017 and 2018 these breaks occurred in April/May, immediately after the Masters. In 2019 Justin revised his schedule to account for the change in dates for the USPGA Championship and took his break in February. Justin is quoted as saying breaks such as these are for him to spend time with his family and he is often rusty when coming back from these early year weeks off. His finishes at his first event back each year after these breaks have been 63rd, 23rd and 65th.
Goes best when fresh
Justin's best results in recent weeks have come when he didn't play the week before. 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.
Major and WGC Analysis
Best finish of 9th at the PGA Championship in 2020. Assuming Justin regains his long game prowess, he can contend in every Major as he tries to add to his solitary US Open win in 2013. However, as 4 of Justin's last 6 career wins have come between late October and late December he's definitely a player who competes well at the end of a year.
Didn't play any in 2020 but won the HSBC Champions in 2017. He can win another if he finds his form.
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.