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The Open 2019: Best-Rounder Justin Rose Back to Top of Golf Rankings

Justin Rose Reclaims World Number One Title

The golf world has a new World Number OneJustin Rose.  The 38-year-old Englishman, who placed second at The Open this year, has made a return to the top spot after a month and a half away, after bringing home the bacon at the Turkish Airlines Open this week.

This opens up his second run at the top spot, having first claimed it in early September this year, just two months after he performed remarkably at The Open in Carnoustie.

The top Briton also scored the best round of the Open, taking a 64-stroke round in the third.  It was also the third lowest score ever recorded at the Open, and tied for fifth lowest throughout history across all four Majors – Brandon Grace holds the record with a 62-stroke at Royal Birkdale.

The Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament is an annual tournament held at Regnum Carya Golf Club, on the Southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey.  The event has quickly grown in size and scope since its inaugural event in 2013.  It’s quickly become not just a feeder event for the Majors, but a staple event for top golfers in its own right.

Justin Rose is currently fourth favourite to win The Open 2019 (at time of writing), just behind Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlory and Dustin Johnson, though this recent forward momentum could change the bookmakers’ figures at any point.

Rose is one of the greatest golfers to ever emerge from England.  He’s won tournaments on all six continents (one of just five players to have ever achieved this), and in 2013 became the first English winner of the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Justin Rose at The Open

South-African born Rose has had a long a varied career.  He often struggled as a young professional.  His entry to the professional ranks came the day after he holed a 50-yard shot from the rough at The Open in 1998, held at Royal Birkdale, aged just 17.  He started playing professionally after this, having placed fourth in The Open.

He’s played at The Open many times since, with Carnoustie 2018 being his seventeenth appearance at the tournament.  The now staple top player has placed in the top four in each of the four majors, and looks to improve his 2018 second placing at Royal Portrush 2019.

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