Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Justin Rose reclaims world number one spot with win in Turkey

Justin Rose reclaims world number one spot with win in Turkey

"I was keenly aware that I wanted to get back in the winner's circle, and it was good to get it done today".

The Chinese player eagled the par-4 10th and had six birdies - all on the first 12 holes.

Rose had started the day trailing Li, his Excel Sports stablemate, by three shots before four birdies in eight holes from the seventh earned him a two-shot lead.

The Englishman's victory along the Mediterranean shores is the first time in Rose's now 19 pro career wins around the globe he's successfully defended a title.

"A tough day for me, honestly", the 23-year-old Li said.

But Rose had been in such fine and seemingly unflappable form for the first two days that when he went out with a two-shot lead at the Regnum Carya Course where he won past year, nobody expected these slip-ups, even if his 69 was far from disastrous.

But Haotong responded with the shot of the day, a remarkable long-iron over the water hazard which pitched safely on the 15th green and rolled to within two feet of the pin to set up a tap-in for eagle, and he soon found himself back in a share of the lead when Rose raced his long eagle putt seven feet past the cup and missed the return. He's hit a positive putt to try and win, and that green is very tough.

A Rose approach to three feet on the 11th was the ideal response and he holed a 15-foot putt on the 12th to get back within one before giving the shot straight back on the next after finding the bunker.

There was no happy ending for three-time Major victor Harrington, who looked set to qualify by right for this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City when he went to the turn in three-under.

"It was maybe a little bit of tiredness at the end of a long season so I have to make sure I come out on Sunday more focused".

"Mentally I was very good". I think I played well the whole week but didn't hole a few putts on the last and that was it.

Paul Dunne tied for 18th, one stroke behind Lowry on 10-under after a 70.

"I have also a few other things I need to take care of".

Meanwhile, Tramore's Robin Dawson, Ardglass Cormac Sharvin and Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan are poised to progress as they head into the final round at the Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain today.

Kaymer closed on 14 under alongside Bjerregaard, while Tommy Fleetwood was a shot further back as he made a small dent in Francesco Molinari's commanding lead in the Race to Dubai standings. Moynihan, meanwhile, is tied 16th at Desert Springs in Almeria after a 67.

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