Justin Rose Honoured with European Tour Lifetime Membership

Justin Rose has been awarded lifetime membership to the European Tour to commemorate his achievement in becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years last June.

Rose held off Jason Day and Phil Mickelson on a final day packed with drama to repeat the success of Tony Jacklin in 1970.

An emotional Rose said: "This is really an incredible honour. For a kid who started his career with 21 missed cuts, I guess this means an awful lot really. And the whole journey could not have been done without all the hard work of the European Tour.

"It's been a great journey. There are many, many fantastic players who have done so much for European golf who have received this honour, so it would be wonderful for me to be able to do the same.

"I've got a lot of great golf ahead of me, I hope, and a lot of great golf on the European Tour ahead of me. So I look forward to living up to this honour."

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell had the same honour bestowed upon them for their US Open victories in 2011 and 2010 respectively, and there are 47 honorary life members of the European Tour in total.