Justin Rose is back to world number one

Justin Rose is back to world number one again after he won the Turkish Airlines Open to limit American Brooks Koepka’s reign to just two weeks.

Rose himself only stayed at the summit for a fortnight last month after assuming the position for the first time when losing to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at the BMW Championship, but the 38-year-old vowed quickly to reclaim the crown – and do it this time with a victory.

Justin Rose is back to world number one - Justin Rose

Justin Rose is back to world number one

And after finishing third in China the previous Sunday, Rose was true to his word as he, at last, retained a title.

“A double whammy,” he called it as he prepared for a night of celebration at the Regnum Carya resort. “I’m sure we’ll re-toast getting to No 1 and this time, we have some silverware to do it with,” Rose added. “Last time, it was muted because I was still so mad at not winning the tournament, but this time, I have that double-winning feeling so it might be a bit more fun.

“It’s taken me two decades to defend a title so that’s great. I was very keenly aware of losing the play-off to Keegan and my playoff record of late hasn’t been great.

“I really wanted to buck that trend. Being world No 1 doesn’t make you one-under on the first tee the next time you play, but it’s something to be proud of for sure.”

In truth, this playoff triumph over the 23-year-old Chinese Haotong Li was hardly a thing of beauty, regardless of the riches it reaped, which included a cheque for more than £900,000.

Justin Rose is back to world number one

Starting the day three behind after a poor climax to his third round, Rose played the first 10 holes in four-under to claim a share of the lead and went ahead on the next when Li bogeyed.

It seemed to be a formality for Rose when he birdied the 14th to go two ahead, but Li then made a stunning eagle on the par-five 15th, with Rose three-putting for a par.

Rose struck back with an approach to four feet on the 16th, but then it all became rather ugly. Rose three-putted the 17th and missed a four-footer for par on the 18th to card a 68 and a 17-under total. However, Li also three-putted for a 71.

If that was bizarre, then when the pair returned to the 18th for the first extra hole, it veered into farce. Rose missed from 15 ft for birdie before Li amazingly three-putted from just nine feet. Li’s three-footer to extend the match was horrid. It did not even touch the cup.

Justin Rose is back to world number one

“There were moments out there where it looked like both of us weren’t holding our nerve very well,” Rose said. “The 18th green is a treacherous one, and it took a couple of scalps there at the end. I do have to spare a thought for Haotong. He’s hit a positive putt to try and win, and that green is very tough. That’s a tough way to finish.”

Certainly, it is no shame to lose to Rose, whatever the circumstances.

What a run it has been from the 2013 US Open champion, who went on to strike gold at the 2016 Olympics. In his last 31 events, he has won five and amassed 24 top-10s.

Rose’s record in Turkey is yet more staggering. He has played four events in the country, won three of them and finished third in the other. In all, he has earned more than £3.1 million in the Antalya region, having played only 17 competitive rounds. That works out at more than £180,000 per 18 holes – or £10,000 per hole.

“You could say I like it here, yes,” Rose said with a wink.

Justin Rose is back to world number one

Belgium’s Thomas Detry and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui shared third on 15-under after both shot 65s, while two Englishmen in Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett were in joint seventh following a 69 and 70 respectively.

Fleetwood moved to within just over one million points of Francesco Molinari at the top of the European Tour order of merit and will have the chance to usurp his Ryder Cup partner in the season’s denouement in Dubai in two weeks’ time.

Rose is up to third but confirmed he would strangely skip the finale. “The reasons will become apparent next year,” he said cryptically.

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8 Responses

  1. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Yes Tiger was a very hard act to follow, but Justin Rose has a lot of talent and he will be striving to keep hold of his number one spot. Cheers for the comments and keep in touch.


    Bogeys to Birdies

  2. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Yes great to see him at the number one spot, golf rankings can change pretty quickly though so we will have to wait and see how long his tenure lasts? Thanks for the comments.


    Bogeys to Birdies

  3. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Taetske,

    Thanks for the comments on article Justin Rose is back to world number one, it might be short lived though because Brooks Keopka is looking like taking back the spot! We will have to wait and see, keep in touch.


    Bogeys to Birdies

  4. Hi Javier,

    Justin Rose put in a lot of hard work to become the world number one and I am sure that he will no doubt get more major championships before too long, good luck with the new post in South America, great resort you work for!

    Bogeys to Birdies

  5. Taetske says:

    Good afternoon Michael,

    That is good news that Justin Rose is number one again. I think it would have been exciting to be there and watch the game. You said on the 18th he missed a four footer, so frustrating at that level. It is about 20 years ago that I watched an important tournament on the coast. Severiano Ballesteros missed a put like that. He got mad and nearly broke his putter over his knee when, at the last moment, he realized hundreds of people were watching him so he resisted.

    I live on the Costa del Sol and played golf for 11 years up to 2010. I wonder if at the age of 68 I am now too rusty to start again?

    Thank you for this nice post which made me remember happy rounds.

    Regards, Taetske

  6. Emmanuel Buysse says:

    Where is the time Tiger Woods was the number one.

    Everybody knew him, including me, but honestly, I never heard about Justin Rose.

    Who is better, Woods or Rose? I think I already know the answer, but I want to hear it from you.

    Anyway, what do you think about Pieter Colsaerts?

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Javier Weffer says:

    It is just great to find out that Justin Rose is on top of the ranks I just remember watching him on tv when he was just a kid in the final day of British Open about 20 years ago and, wondering what ever happen to this wonder kid. I am glad things finally clicked for him. Even when I am not following Golf as much as other sports I still keeping my eye on the sport for the big tourneys. I was a tennis coach for 29 years and had the opportunity to work in a couple of places with a golf course in Florida and an around the world including academies and training centers, I will follow your site for future references since I just became a rep in South America for a well-known Tennis and Golf Resort in South Florida,

  8. BEazzy Shifts says:

    Hi there. Thank you for sharing this information. It is good to hear again that Justin Rose is back to number one. Lol. It is pretty crazy and sad to see a winner become a loser. He was a winner and became a loser. But after much practice and confession and action, he came on top again. I love his positive speech. Kudos.

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