European Tour

Turkish Airlines Open 2018

November 01-04

Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey

US$7,000,000

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November 01-04

Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey

US$7,000,000

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Round 4

Rose returns to top of the World with Turkish triumph

November 04, 2018

Justin Rose defeated Li Haotong in a play-off to defend the first title of his illustrious career at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth Rolex Series event of the 2018 season, and returned to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in the process.

Rose returns to top of the World with Turkish triumph © Matthew Harris / TGPL

- Matthew Harris / TGPL

“It's really nice to be back at World Number One. That's just something to be proud of. It certainly 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."

The Englishman also became the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title as he overcame China's Li with a par on the first extra hole following a thrilling final day battle at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort.

“It's really important to have defended a title. It's taken me a long time to do it. Maybe I haven't won enough tournaments to give myself enough opportunities to defend, but this golf course obviously suits my eye, and when you do find a golf course that does suit your eyes, you feel like you should give yourself opportunities to win there, but to do it back-to-back is very special."

“There were moments out there where it looked like both of us weren't holding our nerve very well. It was quite tricky to putt to be coming in at 17 to be honest with you, and obviously 18, a scalp there at the end; that's a treacherous green and one you definitely needed to respect."

“It was a fun battle. Obviously, I got myself two ahead with a few to play. Haotong made a wonderful eagle at 15 and at 16 we were both in there tight and I kind of got my nose in front again.

“It was disappointing for me to finish five, five, really. The five at 18 you can somewhat live with. The five at 17 I should have cleaned that hole up easier than I did. It ended up okay in the end.

“And obviously I do have a spare thought for Haotong. It's a tough way to finish. He's hit a positive putt to try and win, and that green, like I said, is very tough.”

Rose returns to top of the World with Turkish triumph © Matthew Harris / TGPL

- Matthew Harris / TGPL

Rose started the day three shots behind Li but led by two with four to play as he produced the kind of consistent display that helped him record six top ten finishes in the 2018 Race to Dubai before arriving in Turkey this week.

An incredible eagle on the 15th moved Li back level but Rose duly replied with a birdie at the 16th to move to the front again. A couple of bogeys coming in, though, paired with Li's dropped shot on the final hole, meant they finished tied at the top on 17 under.

A three-putt from Li on the first trip back up the par four 18th hole then handed Rose his 11th European Tour win, and moved him into third place in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, as he joined his 2018 Ryder Cup team mates Jon Rahm and Alex Noren as a multiple Rolex Series winner.

“A tough day for me honestly and I holed a couple of chances, but not until the end, the first playoff, I saw that ball definitely go in, but a little bit too much."

“It's a pretty good round, especially against Rosey, and he's such a nice guy. Hopefully next time I can play better. Hopefully I can have a better finish to the season.”

Belgian Thomas Detry and Adrian Otaegui of Spain both signed for rounds of 65 to sit two shots behind the play-off places at 15 under par.

German Major winner Martin Kaymer and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard were one shot further back at 14 under par, with English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett, and another Dane in Thorbjørn Olesen at 13 under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Justin Rose
ENG
-17
65
65
69
68
267
2
Haotong Li
CHN
-17
66
67
63
71
267
T3
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-15
68
65
71
65
269
T3
Thomas Detry
BEL
-15
66
70
68
65
269
T5
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-14
70
67
66
67
270
T5
Martin Kaymer
GER
-14
66
69
69
66
270
T7
Danny Willett
ENG
-13
67
65
69
70
271
T7
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-13
65
67
68
71
271
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-13
68
66
68
69
271
T10
Alexander Levy
FRA
-12
67
66
66
73
272
T10
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
66
67
68
71
272
T10
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
68
70
67
67
272
T10
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-12
71
65
66
70
272
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
73
69
65
66
273
T14
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-11
69
66
70
68
273
T14
Shane Lowry
IRL
-11
68
70
67
68
273
T14
Tom Lewis
ENG
-11
69
63
71
70
273
T18
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
72
68
66
68
274
T18
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-10
69
69
67
69
274
T18
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-10
68
69
68
69
274
T18
Paul Dunne
IRL
-10
64
71
69
70
274
T18
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
75
69
62
68
274
T23
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-9
68
68
68
71
275
T23
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
67
67
70
71
275
T23
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
70
66
69
70
275
T23
Julian Suri
USA
-9
67
68
70
70
275
T23
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-9
66
70
67
72
275
T23
Russell Knox
SCO
-9
70
66
69
70
275
T23
Ryan Fox
NZL
-9
69
71
68
67
275
T30
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-8
70
70
68
68
276
T30
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
73
66
70
67
276
T30
Robert Rock
ENG
-8
73
68
69
66
276
T33
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
68
75
64
70
277
T33
Chris Paisley
ENG
-7
67
69
69
72
277
T35
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
67
71
73
67
278
T35
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-6
72
64
71
71
278
T35
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
72
69
69
68
278
T35
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
72
74
66
278
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-6
73
68
68
69
278
T35
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
74
71
65
68
278
T35
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
65
70
71
72
278
T35
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
70
71
71
66
278
T43
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
71
71
69
68
279
T43
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
71
70
66
72
279
T43
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
70
65
72
72
279
T43
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-5
70
72
70
67
279
T47
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
72
69
70
69
280
T47
Ashun Wu
CHI
-4
66
71
71
72
280
T47
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
72
65
68
75
280
T47
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
67
70
73
70
280
T47
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
67
70
71
72
280
T47
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
72
71
69
68
280
T47
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
70
68
69
73
280
54
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
70
74
70
67
281
T55
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
72
69
70
71
282
T55
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
74
71
68
69
282
T55
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
70
70
69
73
282
T58
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
70
70
72
71
283
T58
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
75
71
70
67
283
T60
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
71
69
76
68
284
T60
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
78
70
68
68
284
T60
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
74
69
68
73
284
T60
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
73
69
71
71
284
T64
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
72
71
70
72
285
T64
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
70
71
74
70
285
T64
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
71
74
71
69
285
T64
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
72
75
68
70
285
T68
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
71
72
72
71
286
T68
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
77
69
73
67
286
T68
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
73
71
69
73
286
T68
Scott Hend
AUS
2
73
74
67
72
286
T72
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
69
73
73
72
287
T72
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
74
70
70
73
287
T72
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
3
71
68
73
75
287
75
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
75
71
68
74
288
76
Ali Altuntas
TUR
7
74
69
76
72
291
77
Taner Yamac
TUR
15
78
79
71
71
299
78
Leon Acikalin
TUR
37
74
79
85
83
321
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Justin Rose
ENG
-17
68
267
2
Haotong Li
CHN
-17
71
267
T3
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-15
65
269
T3
Thomas Detry
BEL
-15
65
269
T5
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-14
67
270
T5
Martin Kaymer
GER
-14
66
270
T7
Danny Willett
ENG
-13
70
271
T7
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-13
71
271
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-13
69
271
T10
Alexander Levy
FRA
-12
73
272
T10
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
71
272
T10
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
67
272
T10
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-12
70
272
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
66
273
T14
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-11
68
273
T14
Shane Lowry
IRL
-11
68
273
T14
Tom Lewis
ENG
-11
70
273
T18
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
68
274
T18
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-10
69
274
T18
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-10
69
274
T18
Paul Dunne
IRL
-10
70
274
T18
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
68
274
T23
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-9
71
275
T23
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
71
275
T23
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
70
275
T23
Julian Suri
USA
-9
70
275
T23
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-9
72
275
T23
Russell Knox
SCO
-9
70
275
T23
Ryan Fox
NZL
-9
67
275
T30
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-8
68
276
T30
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
67
276
T30
Robert Rock
ENG
-8
66
276
T33
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
70
277
T33
Chris Paisley
ENG
-7
72
277
T35
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
67
278
T35
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-6
71
278
T35
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
68
278
T35
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
278
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-6
69
278
T35
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
68
278
T35
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
72
278
T35
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
66
278
T43
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
68
279
T43
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
72
279
T43
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
72
279
T43
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-5
67
279
T47
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
69
280
T47
Ashun Wu
CHI
-4
72
280
T47
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
75
280
T47
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
70
280
T47
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
72
280
T47
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
68
280
T47
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
73
280
54
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
67
281
T55
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
71
282
T55
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
69
282
T55
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
73
282
T58
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
71
283
T58
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
67
283
T60
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
68
284
T60
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
68
284
T60
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
73
284
T60
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
71
284
T64
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
72
285
T64
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
70
285
T64
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
69
285
T64
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
70
285
T68
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
71
286
T68
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
67
286
T68
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
73
286
T68
Scott Hend
AUS
2
72
286
T72
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
72
287
T72
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
73
287
T72
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
3
75
287
75
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
74
288
76
Ali Altuntas
TUR
7
72
291
77
Taner Yamac
TUR
15
71
299
78
Leon Acikalin
TUR
37
83
321