Belek – Justin Rose is decided to make his reign as the brand new world primary a protracted one after capturing a play-off victory within the Turkish Airways Open on Sunday.
Rose defeated China’s No.1 Haotong Li on the first further play-off gap when the 23-year Shanghai-born golfer three-putted for bogey at hand the Englishman his 19th professional profession victory.
The win can be the primary time in Rose’s profession he has efficiently defended a title.
“I’ve had some pressure-packed Sundays of late and dare I say, type of coming approach with comfort prizes in a approach,” mentioned Rose.
“I went first to World No. 1 after dropping in a play-off, ending fourth on the Tour Championship however successful the FedExCup.
“The FedExCup was an fascinating one as a result of I knew precisely what I needed to do and I used to be enjoying a match inside a match.
“However to not having that successful feeling in a match however nonetheless coming away with accolades. I used to be keenly conscious I wished to get again within the winner’s circle and it was good to get it carried out at the moment.
“There’s all the time a shifting goal, is not it, so that you by no means fairly get wherever. It is a journey; life’s a journey, not a future and all these lovely clichs we attempt to reside by.
“After all, there will probably be one other alternative to both go additional forward, or Brooks (Koepka) can have a possibility or DJ (Dustin Johnsono) can have one other alternative to return to No. 1 in the event that they win.
“However then it might be pretty to finish the 12 months at No. 1 and it will likely be good to have Christmas turkey at No. 1, in fact. I am not going to emphasize about it to be trustworthy with you.”
Li went into the ultimate spherical main by three photographs and after a stage par 71 ended regulation play tied with Rose on 17-under par however with Rose bogeying his closing two holes, together with lacking his par putt on the last gap for victory lipping-out in a spherical of 68.
Li had capped his spherical with a tap-in eagle putt on the par-5 15th however he additionally three-putted the final for a bogey.
The win lifts Rose to 3rd on the Tour’s Race to Dubai and whereas the Englishman mathematically may nonetheless win the No. 1 crown he has disillusioned the Tour with a choice to not contest the remaining two occasions.
As a substitute Rose will once more tee-up within the Tiger Woods hosted Hero World Problem commencing on November 26 within the Bahamas whereas he additionally intends to defend his Indonesian Masters title on the Asian Tour beginning on December 13.
“As of now, I’m enjoying the Hero at house, attempt to roll off the bed for that one, and Indonesia,” he mentioned.
“I’ve additionally a number of different issues I have to handle.”
Li was trying to create Tour historical past in changing into the primary Chinese language golfer to win twice in a single European Tour season and whereas ending runner-up, he seems to be assured of being simply outdoors the top-40 on the World Rankings.
It also needs to guarantee Li earns a second straight invitation on the finish of the 12 months to contest the 2019 Masters at Augusta Nationwide.
“It was powerful day for me actually and I holed a pair probabilities, however not till the tip, the primary playoff, I noticed that ball undoubtedly go in, however a bit bit an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.
“I used to be a fairly good final spherical, particularly in opposition to Rosey, and he’s such a pleasant man. Hopefully subsequent time I can play higher.”
Main scores after Sunday’s accomplished last spherical of the EPGA Turkish Airways Open at Regnum Caya Resort, Belek, Turkey (par-71):
267 – Justin Rose (ENG) 65-65-69-68, Haotong Li (CHN) 66-67-63-71
Play-off – Rose gained on first further gap
269 – Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 68-65-71-65, Thomas Detry (BEL) 66-70-68-65
270 – Martin Kaymer (GER) 66-69-69-66, Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 70-67-66-67
271 – Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 68-66-68-69, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 65-67-68-71, Danny Willett (ENG) 67-65-69-70
272 – Tapio Pulkkanen (FIN) 68-70-67-67, Sam Horsfield (ENG) 66-67-68-71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 67-66-66-73, Thomas Aiken (RSA) 71-65-66-70
273 – Alexnder Bjork (SWE) 73-69-65-66, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 69-66-70-68, Shane Lowry (IRE) 68-70-67-68, Tom Lewis (ENG) 69-63-71-70
274 – Andy Sullivan (ENG) 72-68-66-68, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 75-69-62-68, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 68-69-68-69, Matthias Schwab (DEN) 69-69-67-69, Paul Dunne (IRE) 64-71-69-70