Justin Rose to re­turn to world No. 1

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Eng­land’s Justin Rose re­gained the world num­ber one spot af­ter suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his Turk­ish Air­lines Open ti­tle, over­com­ing China’s Li Hao­tong in a play­off on Sun­day.

Rose carded five birdies in a typ­i­cally con­sis­tent dis­play to take a one-shot ad­van­tage af­ter 16 holes in the fi­nal round at the Antalya event but bo­geyed the 17th hole to slip to a share of the lead with overnight leader Li.

Two lack­lus­tre putts on the 18th from both Li and Rose meant they both fin­ished at 17-un­der-par af­ter 72 holes.

A Li three-putt on their re­turn to the 18th hole for the play­off handed Rose the vic­tory that moves him above Amer­i­can Brooks Koepka at the top of the world rank­ings.

Bel­gian Thomas Detry and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui both fin­ished with rounds of 65 to share third on 15-un­der.

Dane Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard and Ger­man Mar­tin Kaymer ended the tour­na­ment at 14-un­der, a shot clear English pair Tommy Fleet­wood and Danny Wil­lett, and an­other Dane, Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen.

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