A few weeks ago, Justin Rose was at Buckingham Palace receiving an MBE medal from Prince William. On Sunday in Turkey, Rose donned the royal hue of purple and won his second tournament in as many weeks.
With a birdie on the 72nd hole, Rose captured the Turkish Airlines Open, the first of three lucrative Rolex Series events that will culminate the European Tour’s 2017 season. The 37-year-old Englishman came from two strokes back to hoist the hardware – which was delivered by a man flying on a drone – just seven days after he rallied from eight strokes adrift of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August, Rose has won twice, finished T2 at the BMW Championship and posted top-10s at the other three FedEx Cup playoff events. He’ll be off this week as the European Tour heads to South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge but has moved to within striking distance of Race to Dubai rankings leader Tommy Fleetwood, setting up a potential showdown at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
In Las Vegas, Patrick Cantlay – the one-time amateur sensation who has surmounted injury and personal tragedy in recent years – won his first PGA Tour title, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, in a three-way playoff that at times resembled a high-handicap hackfest. In Japan, Shanshan Feng rode a hot putter to a successful title defense at the LPGA’s Toto Japan Classic. And in Abu Dhabi, Indian teenager Aditi Ashok won a battle of future stars, outdueling young Englishwoman Georgia Hall to win the Ladies European Tour’s Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.
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