Rose Wins Again; Captures Turkish Airlines Open

Justin Rose capped off another fantastic week of golf with a birdie on the 72nd hole to reach 18-under par and capture the Turkish Airlines Open by a single stroke.

Playing in the second to last group, the Englishman and his playing partner, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, were deadlocked with South African Dylan Frittelli at 17 under.

With Fritelli already in the clubhouse, and the final threesome of Shane Lowry (72), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (71), and Padraig Harrington (67) all but eliminated, it was understood that a final-hole birdie by either of the co-leaders would win the title.

Both golfers hit perfect approaches to eight feet on the par-4 18th, but it was Rose, last week’s WGC-HSBC champion, who made the tournament-winning birdie putt.

“Today was a different type of win — they’re all different in their own way. But to hole a putt – not that I’ve won a ton of golf tournaments, but the tournaments that I have won, have been with two putts on the last green. You know I’ve done all the hard work and just finished it out,” said Rose, who will move to No. 5 in the world rankings on Monday. “That was a bit of a unique one for me — to be able to make a putt that really counted on the last hole. Very happy with the way I was able to close it out.”

The Olympic Gold Medalist finished with a final-round 6-under 65 at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort to make it back-to-back wins, and to leapfrog Sergio Garcia into second place in the Race to Dubai Rankings – just 134,839 points behind leader Tommy Fleetwood.

Frittelli, who began the day five off the lead, dropped three chip-in birdies on the front en route to a 7-under 64, and T2 finish alongside Colsaerts at 17 under.

“I had two chip-ins yesterday. I don’t know, something’s clicking right in my short game,” said Frittelli, describing his sudden chip-in prowess. “I felt really confident over all of those chips. I’m glad they got me in contention today and seemed to play pretty well under pressure.”

Colsaerts also had a terrific final day, matching the world-class Rose shot for shot, right up until the final stroke for a 5-under 66.

“Obviously the finish was great. It’s been a while to be able to almost close it and in such a fashion,” said Colsaerts, 34. “I guess there’s a lot of positives to take out of it. It’s great for the confidence of course. I’m going to play those last two events, trying to squeeze out of these tournaments as much as I can.”

Padraig Harrington (67) posted his third sub-70 round in Turkey to finish solo four at 16 under. The three-time major champ’s final day was highlighted by a par-saving hole-out over water on the par-4 10th along with an eagle on the par-5 15th, which briefly moved him into a tie for the lead with Rose.

“I’m very happy leaving. I know I didn’t win the tournament but Justin obviously clearly went ahead and won it. I didn’t lose it,” said Harrington, who played on a sponsor invite. “I made it quite exciting at times out there but I was happy with what I saw in myself.”

Defending champion Thorbjørn Olesen signed for a 5-under 66 to claim solo fifth at 15 under.

“I felt like I played better and better each day. Obviously I wanted to keep going. It’s been a great week, feel like I’ve been playing some good golf. Hopefully I can finish strong and see if I can get that victory I haven’t got this year,” said Olesen.

The 54-hole co-leaders, Aphibarnrat and Lowry, struggled for much of Sunday, finishing T6 and T8, respectively.


FINAL TOP 10

1 Justin Rose -18
2 Dylan Frittelli -17
2 Nicolas Colsaerts -17
4 Padraig Harrington -16
5 Thorbjorn Olesen -15
6 Eddie Pepperell -14
6 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -14
8 Fabrizio Zanotti -13
8 Julian Suri -13
8 Shane Lowry -13


THE RISE OF ROSE

  • Round 1: 69 (-2), T19 (5 back)
  • Round 2: 68 (-5), T12 (9 back)
  • Round 3: 64 (-12), T3 (2 back)
  • Round 4: 65 (-18), 1 (1 up)

COVERAGE: OPENING ROUNDS


SHOT(S) OF THE DAY

Rose’s approach and putt on 18 to win!


ROSE’S SUNDAY SCORECARD

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QUOTABLE

“It’s like a bus. You wait for ages for one and then two turn up.”
Justin Rose, 2017 Turkish Airlines Open champion


FINAL SCORES

RPLAYERS
1Justin Rose-18
T2Dylan Frittelli-17
T2Nicolas Colsaerts-17
4Padraig Harrington-16
5Thorbjorn Olesen-15
T6Eddie Pepperell-14
T6Kiradech Aphibarnrat-14
T8Fabrizio Zanotti-13
T8Julian Suri-13
T8Shane Lowry-13
T11Matthew Fitzpatrick-12
T11Matthew Southgate-12
T11Thomas Pieters-12
T14Paul Waring-11
T14Peter Uihlein-11
T16Tyrrell Hatton-10
T16Callum Shinkwin-10
T16Joost Luiten-10
T16Stephen Gallacher-10
T20Ian Poulter-9
T20Lee Westwood-9
T20Matthieu Pavon-9
T23Tommy Fleetwood-8
T23Soren Kjeldsen-8
T23Chris Wood-8
T23Paul Dunne-8
T27David Lipsky-6
T27Richie Ramsay-6
T27George Coetzee-6
T30Martin Kaymer-5
T30Nacho Elvira-5
T30Romain Wattel-5
T30Alexander Levy-5
T30Andrew Johnston-5
T35Jorge Campillo-4
T35Henrik Stenson-4
T35Andres Romero-4
T35Haydn Porteous-4
T35Victor Dubuisson-4
T35Michael Lorenzo-Vera-4
T35Jeunghun Wang-4
T42Jordan Smith-3
T42Andrew Dodt-3
T42Thomas Bjorn-3
T42Gregory Bourdy-3
T42Scott Hend-3
T42Pablo Larrazabal-3
T48Bernd Wiesberger-2
T48Lucas Bjerregaard-2
T48Alexander Bjork-2
T48Ryan Fox-2
T52Robert Rock-1
T52Sam Brazel-1
T54Richard SterneE
T54Matt WallaceE
T56Benjamin Hebert1
T56Edoardo Molinari1
T56Anthony Wall1
T56Renato Paratore1
T56David Drysdale1
T61Andy Sullivan2
T61David Horsey2
T61Dean Burmester2
T64Marcel Siem3
T64Ali Altuntas3
T66Marc Warren4
T66Haotong Li4
T66Scott Jamieson4
T66Marcus Fraser4
T70Austin Connelly5
T70Hideto Tanihara5
72Lee Slattery6
73Adrian Otaegui7
74Brandon Stone8
T75(a) Leon Acikalin14
T75Nino Bertasio14
77Graeme Storm15
78(a) Taner Yamac28

Credit: European Tour Media, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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