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What with winning the FedEx Cup, getting to world No.1, starring in Europe’s latest Ryder Cup win, and playing host to the British Masters at Walton Heath, it’s been a pretty good month for Justin Rose.

The cherry on top came earlier this week when he was presented with one of the most rare and exclusive pieces of golf silverware – the Royal Selangor Trophy.

Never heard of it? Allow us to explain…

The Royal Selangor Trophy is presented annually to the golfer with the lowest total score in the four major championships in any one calendar year.

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It combines the scores from the four rounds of the Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship and, to be eligible, a golfer has to have played and made the cut in all four events.

The competition dates back to 1960 but the current trophy was first awarded in 1999 to Tiger Woods.

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This year, 11 players played all four in all four majors, with Englishman Rose posting the lowest combined score of 12-under-par.

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He was T12 at the Masters (-6), T10 at the US Open (+7), joint runner-up at The Open (-6), and T19 at the US PGA (-7).

That was one better than his closest challenger Rickie Fowler, the winner of the Royal Selangor Trophy in 2014.

2018 Royal Selangor Trophy – Final Standings

-12 – Justin Rose
-11 – Rickie Fowler
-9 – Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood
-8 – Francesco Molinari
-5 – Webb Simpson
+1 – Zach Johnson
+4 – Xander Schauffele
+5 – Tyrrell Hatton
+14 – Marc Leishman
+15 – Rafa Cabrera Bello


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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