Justin Rose completed one of the great journeys in professional golf when he won the 2013 US Open at Merion.
The world was stunned when the fresh-faced 17-year-old amateur holed a 50-metre pitch from the 18th fairway at Royal Birkdale to finish fourth in the 1998 Open Championship.
He turned professional and then struggled through 21 consecutive missed cuts. Aptly for the South African-born golfer, it was in this country where he made his breakthrough.
Rose won his first professional title in the 2002 Dunhill Championship at Houghton Golf Club, and then three weeks later he won the Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun. In 2010, he won twice on the PGA Tour in the Memorial Tournament and the AT&T National and has claimed 14 victories around the world.
But it was his victory in arguably the toughest Major in the game that has truly defined Rose. With his triumph at Merion Rose became the first English golfer in 43 years to win this Major and the first English winner of a Major since Nick Faldo claimed the 1996 Masters.
On an emotional Sunday in which he also paid tribute to the support of his late father Ken who passed away from leukemia in 2002, Rose spoke openlyabout the struggles early in his career.
"I sort of announced myself on the golfing scene probably before I was ready to handle it. And golf can be a cruel game. And definitely I have had the ups and downs, but I think that ultimately it's made me stronger."
"It was a pretty traumatic start to my pro career. I've never really talked about it because you don't want to admit to that being the case, but I think when you've got past something you can talk openly about it."
Rose is a proven winner, having claimed titles on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, as well as featuring in two Ryder Cups.
But his greatest triumph will remain the character he has shown through some of the most difficult times in his career and personal life.
"I think a lot of us came from great men and we have the responsibility to them to show them what great men can be. When my father was close to passing away, he kind of told my mom, don't worry, Justin will be okay. He'll know what to do."