Rose Set for First of Four Titles Defenses


Justin Rose found out last year how hard it was to finally win a tour event. This year he has the pleasure of finding out just how hard it is to repeat as champion.
Eventually, with a total of four titles to his name last year, winning apparently didn't seem as difficult as it was supposed to be to Rose. He's hoping defending his titles will come just as easy.
This week the European Tour will conclude its two week stay in South Africa with the Dunhill Championship at Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg. Somewhat ironic about the tour's stay in South Africa, however, is the fact that the two most famous faces in South African golf, or in all of South Africa for that matter, are nowhere to be found.
Both Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have chosen instead to play in the more lucrative and competitive PGA Tour events that coincide with those on the European Tour.
But there is a flip side to the world's No. 3 and No. 5 being absent from this week's Dunhill Championship, and it comes in the form of young names trying to become stars themselves.
The aforementioned Rose, and fellow Englishmen Nick Dougherty and Paul Casey, make up a formidable group of future sure-fire stars that would like to start spreading their wings and begin to take flight.
Rose, actually, has already taken flight.
He first burst on the scene with his spectacular holed wedge shot at the 18th hole in 1999 British Open, then last year got all the world's attention with his four victories, two of which came on the European Tour.
And it was here, at last year's Dunhill Championship, where it all got started.