Justin Rose’s latest victory capped another fine year for UK golf with home success across the globe and at varying levels of the game.
Rose was the standard bearer despite spending many months wondering whether 2017 would prove one of those nearly years. There was a discernible hangover after losing his Masters play-off against Sergio Garcia.
However, the 37-year-old Englishman concluded his season in astonishing style. Never out of the top ten in his last ten tournaments, he romped to a third victory in that spell by finishing 29 under par at the Indonesian Masters, winning by eight strokes.
Rose plays with seemingly unshakeable confidence when he feels he is better than any of his rivals on a leaderboard. He has earned this sense of arrogance through sustained excellence.
It is the fifth time since 2012 he has finished a year inside the top seven in the world. Twelve months ago he had slipped to 15th in the rankings but heads into the new year knocking loudly on the door of the top five.
Even so, the current world number six will still feel that a couple of titles escaped his grasp. The Masters was the prime example but also November’s DP World Tour Championship.