Why does Justin Rose have ‘99’ marked on his golf ball?

Justin Rose

Tour pros are a very superstitious bunch.

Each player has their own particular method of marking their golf ball and, for TaylorMade staffers, they also have their choice of two-digit number on either their TP5 or TP5x ball.

• Furyk names final USA wild card

Rory McIlroy has ‘22’ on his to mark the day he was married to wife Erica Stoll (April 22), Jason Day has ‘87’ to mark the year he was born and new world No.1 Justin Rose has ‘99’ on his. But what’s behind that?

In the above video tweeted by TaylorMade, McIlroy asks Rose what the significance of ‘99’ is.

Rose explains: “It’s kind of a little soppy like you Rors. Kate’s [his wife] lucky number is nine and when I got married, I figured double the luck, 99.”

• WATCH: Rory & Co prank captain Bjorn

• Spieth set for PGA Tour punishment

So there you have it. But not only that, Rose also has the 99 painted in gold to mark his gold medal winning performance in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the video, Rose adds: “And trying to be like DJ’s father-in-law,” in reference to Wayne Gretzky, who wore ‘99’ on his hockey jersey throughout his career.

Although, after reports that have emerged over the past couple of days, that line is now a tad awkward.

Golf News

US star commits to Scottish Open
‘Media is a male eco-system,’ says LET boss
Brooks Koepka says US Open loss "doesn't sting"
US Open: Gary Woodland wins maiden major at Pebble Beach
Tennis great Andy Murray endures "horrible" round at Wentworth

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Take the club away on the correct path
Watch
play button
The correct grip will make your swing more consistent
Watch
A narrow stance for a better turn
Watch
play button
Don’t close your clubface at address
Watch
See all videos right arrow