World No 1 Rose plans to cel­e­brate af­ter win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - PHIL CASEY

JUSTIN ROSE will fully cel­e­brate his sec­ond spell as world No 1 af­ter cap­ping an ex­tra­or­di­nary run of golf with the first suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fence of his ca­reer in the Turk­ish Air­lines Open.

Rose de­feated China’s Hao­tong Li on the first play-off hole af­ter the pair had fin­ished tied on 17 un­der par fol­low­ing a nervy fin­ish at the Reg­num Carya Re­sort.

The 38-year-old is now a com­bined 55 un­der par for his 12 rounds in the £5.4m event af­ter fin­ish­ing third on his de­but in 2013, while he also won its pre­cur­sor – an eight-man match­play com­pe­ti­tion – in An­talya in 2012.

Rose spent two weeks as world No 1 ear­lier this sea­son af­ter los­ing out to Kee­gan Bradley in a play-off for the BMW Cham­pi­onship, but had been de­ter­mined to get back to the sum­mit in style with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in Turkey.

“It’s taken me 20 years to de- fend a ti­tle so that’s great,” ad­mit­ted Rose, who has won five times and recorded 24 top-10 fin­ishes in his last 31 events.

“Maybe I haven’t won enough tour­na­ments to give my­self enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­fend, but to do it back-to-back is very spe­cial.

“I was very keenly aware of los­ing the play-off to Kee­gan and my play-off record of late hasn’t been great. I re­ally wanted to buck that trend. Be­ing world No 1 doesn’t make you one un­der par on the first tee the next time you play, but it’s some­thing to be proud of for sure.

“I’m sure we’ll re-toast get­ting to No 1 and this time we have some sil­ver­ware. 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 this time.”

A poor fin­ish to Satur­day’s third round had left Rose three be­hind Li at the start of the day.

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