Justin Rose up for BBC award

2013 11 Justin Rose

Justin Rose has been named on the ten-person short-list for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The former European Tour No.1 is in the running for the prestigious gong after he became the first English golfer to win a major since 1996 at this year’s US Open.

Rose is joined on the list by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, top jockey Tony McCoy, and Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Also in the running are athletes Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu, cricketer Ian Bell, cyclist Hannah Cockroft, and rugby union star Leigh Halfpenny.

The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 15, at a ceremony in Leeds, which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

In this year’s second major championship at Merion Golf Club, Justin Rose bridged a 17-year gap between Sir Nick Faldo’s final major victory to end a long English drought in golf’s leading events. The 33-year-old repelled home favourite Phil Mickelson to clinch his maiden major title and 14th professional win.
As well as winning the US Open, Justin Rose also finished third on the European Tour’s Race To Dubai

This will be the 60th year of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and, if he wins, Rose will become just the third golfer to lift the title.

Welshman Dai Rees won it in 1957, just four years after it was launched, with Sir Nick Faldo pipping boxer Frank Bruno and snooker player Steve Davis in 1989.

Tony Jacklin – the last Englishman before Justin Rose to win the US Open – was runner-up in successive years, in 1969 and 1970, with Darren Clarke coming second in 2006 and 2011.

Ian Woosnam finished third in 1987, with Scotland’s Sandy Lyle doing likewise the following year.

Justin Rose: Year at a Glance

As well as winning the US Open, Justin Rose also finished third on the European Tour’s Race To Dubai, with earnings of €2,665,376. He was also seventh in the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and eighth on the money list, with earnings of $4,146,148. Merion yielded his only win of 2013 but he also finished runner-up in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Barclays, and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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