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Justin Rose defends title in Turkey and returns to world No.1

English golfer is now third in the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings

Justin Rose has returned to the top of the golf world rankings after winning the Turkish Airlines Open in a dramatic play-off yesterday against Li Haotong.

The 38-year-old beat China’s Li in Antalya to become the first player to defend a Rolex Series title. This marks the first time in his career that he has won a tournament two years in succession.

Now back as the world’s No.1 golfer, Rose has also moved to third in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings. Italy’s Francesco Molinari leads English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Rose with two European Tour events remaining in the 2018 season.

After his win in Turkey, Rose said: “It’s taken me 20 years to defend a title... so that’s great. I’ve had some pressure-packed Sundays of late... coming away with consolation prizes in a way.” 

Since becoming world No.1 after losing in a play-off and finishing fourth but winning the FedExCup, he said he was keen to “get back in the winner’s circle”.

Rose said there were still things he could do better. “The fun thing is I still feel like there’s improvement to be had and that’s what I’m looking for,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the off-season.

“More Majors, that’s what I’m interested in, trying to chase down as many as I can.”

Europe’s top players will head next to South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge (8-11 November) before the season finale in Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship (15-18 November).

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