England’s Justin Rose will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings after successfully defending his title at the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.
Rose when China’s Haotong Li three-putted for bogey from 10 feet on the first playoff hole – missing a four-foot par putt to extend the sudden death playoff.
“My heart’s with Haotong, my head’s obviously relieved,” Rose told reporters.
Rose was cruising toward the victory before bogeying his final two holes of regulation. He rebounded with a par on the first extra hole to successfully defend a title for the first time as a professional.
Well-earned this time
With the victory, he will leap past American Brooks Koepka to reclaim the top spot he first earned after losing the BMW Championship in a playoff against Keegan Bradley in August.
“It means a lot,” Rose said. “It’s nice to get back. It’s maybe even sweeter to get back I lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. I was pretty aware that my playoff record hasn’t been that great, so this was one I definitely wanted to win.”
–Field Level Media