SAN DIEGO – Justin Rose received at Torrey Pines. Adam Scott challenged him to the ultimate gap. And because of that 1-2 end on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, each surpassed $50 million in profession earnings on the PGA Tour.
It is a feat achieved by solely 5 different gamers. As of late, it is little greater than a financial milestone.
But it surely was becoming they did it collectively.
Born 14 days aside in July 1980, they’ve been nice pals since they tussled in South Africa on the Alfred Dunhill Championship in January 2001. Each had been 20. Scott made a Four-foot birdie putt on the final gap to beat Rose and win for the primary time as a professional. Oddly sufficient – or possibly not – Rose received his first skilled title a yr later in the identical event.
What makes the timing so applicable – that each joined the $50 million membership on the identical day – is that their PGA Tour careers successfully started collectively, with a bit assist from the boys who now run the PGA Tour (commissioner Jay Monahan) and the PGA of America (chief government Seth Waugh).
Return to a wet Labor Day in 2003 on the TPC Boston to search out Scott closing with a 66 for a four-shot victory within the inaugural Deutsche Financial institution Championship, which had given him a sponsor exemption. The victory gave him prompt PGA Tour membership. Rose was additionally given an exemption, shot a final-round 67 and completed third. He earned $340,000 that day, giving him sufficient cash to earn a Tour card.
Waugh on the time was CEO of Deutsche Financial institution Americas, the title sponsor of a brand new event that had the Tiger Woods Basis because the charitable arm. Monahan was employed because the event director.
”We gave them each exemptions,” Waugh stated Tuesday from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the place he was caddying for his son in a PGA Tour Latinoamerica qualifying event. ”Adam was fairly apparent. Jay referred to as me and stated, ‘Let’s speak about exemptions,’ which I might by no means performed.”
Monahan talked about utilizing a particular exemption for worldwide gamers on an English child who had had a superb British Open, turned professional and missed 20 consecutive cuts earlier than getting his profession on observe. Waugh already was conscious he was speaking about Rose, who had received on three excursions (Europe, South Africa, Japan) the earlier yr.
After which Waugh actually received to know him.
”We get to the pro-am draw get together Wednesday evening on the statehouse in Boston,” Waugh stated. ”It was a proper deal. Mitt Romney was the governor, and we’re all giving our swimsuit speeches. There’s this tall child by the seafood bar consuming shrimp and searching lonely. I stroll as much as him and stated: ‘How are you doing? Are you Justin Rose?’ I stated, ‘What are you doing right here?’
”He stated Deutsche Financial institution was good sufficient to provide him an exemption and he thought he would come up and thank anyone,” Waugh stated. ”He was staying all the way in which in Windfall. I stated, ‘You simply did.’ However that is Justin. No agent, no one telling him what to do. He ended ending third. And the remaining is historical past.”
The historical past between Scott and Rose was simply getting began.
They’ve piled up victories world wide, amassing lengthy streaks of profitable. Scott went 14 consecutive years with at the least one victory worldwide and has 27 for his profession. Rose received Sunday for the 22nd time worldwide, extending his streak to 10 consecutive years with at the least one victory, together with his gold medal on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
They now are neighbors at Albany within the Bahamas, each married with two kids.
They every have received one main, which they received consecutively.
Scott lastly delivered Australia a inexperienced jacket when he received the 2013 Masters. Rose despatched him a textual content message of congratulations, which prompted this well-known reply from Scott: ”That is our time.”
Two months later, Rose received the U.S. Open at Merion.
He had practiced the week earlier than the Masters with Scott within the Bahamas, even performed a few rounds collectively.
”I took his cash each instances,” Rose stated.
After which Scott received the Masters, which made the textual content trade actually hit dwelling.
Certainly, it was their time, and so they saved going. Scott reached No. 1 on this planet within the spring of 2014. Rose reached No. 1 on this planet late final summer season, and the Englishman prolonged his lead atop the world rankings together with his two-shot victory at Torrey Pines.
Waugh nonetheless thinks about that Monday afternoon on the TPC Boston, the place Scott and Rose spent the whole week collectively, at eating places and on the leaderboard. They’ve received a lot and performed so nicely that cash does not outline them.
On this case, it was merely a reminder of the place all of it started.