Justin Rose ready to enjoy being top of the world this time

Justin Rose ready to enjoy being top of the world this time

At his consecutive victory at the Turkish Airlines Open, the 38-year-old was followed by Chinese Haotong Li and Spanish Adrian Otaegui. It was a win that overhauled Brooks Koepka in the world rankings and whetted Rose's appetite for big prizes to go with the top billing.

The players returned to the 18th for a sudden-death playoff and after Rose missed from 15 feet for birdie, Li amazingly three-putted from just nine feet to gift his opponent the title. He'll need to play better than he did in round three if he's to become the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title.

Rose was clearly in the zone as well, however, and he chipped in on the fifth before putting his tee shot on the sixth to three feet for a hat-trick of his own and a two-shot lead. "Haotong made a fantastic eagle at 15, the 16th we were both in there and I got my nose in front again".

"Obviously you want to win the tournament and I want to win it at all costs, but I couldn't help but be rooting for him, as well, and I couldn't help be feeling really bad for him on 18", Rose said.

The win lifts Rose to third on the Tour s Race to Dubai and while the Englishman mathematically could still win the No. 1 crown he has disappointed the Tour with a decision not to contest the remaining two events.

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The Shanghai-born Li then stood in complete surprise, and with both arms outstretched, when his 8-iron second shot from 173 yards out at the par-4 10th hole ran up the back upward portion of the green only to then roll back down the slope and into the cup. While the Turkish Airlines Open was only his second title this year, he has been at a consistently high level over the last two months.

"If I was able to do that on the top of what I've already achieved, it would make things really good, so very much focusing on the majors. maybe not playing too much and playing as fresh as I can for those". Going back to his victory at the Colonial on the PGA Tour, he has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his last 13 tournaments.

"Just the consistency of it", he said. "It's going to be an exciting day tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to going up against Rosey".

"The fun thing is I still feel like there's improvement to be had and that's what I'm looking for".

England's Justin Rose has reclaimed his world number one ranking after winning the Turkish Open.

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