It’s All Rosey
Since 2017, Justin Rose has played 31 events: 5 wins, 15 Top-5s, 24 Top-10s, one outside the Top-50 and just ONE Missed Cut. He’s now the World No. 1 for the second time this year, but that says very little about the magnitude of what the Englishman has achieved. His latest win came in Turkey at the start of the European Tour’s final stretch of three consecutive Rolex Series events to decide the Race to Dubai winner. Whilst Rose’s PGA Tour commitments have restricted his climb in the Race to Dubai rankings, he is still third in the season’s leaderboard and a strong finish could see him become the best player on both Tours, having already won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in September.
Turkish Airlines Open
In our tournament preview I picked out Haotong Li as having a real chance at the title. The two-time European Tour winner led by three strokes heading into Sunday, but a bogey at the second and a Rose birdie at the seventh shut the gap to a single stroke at the turn. Rose then lit it up, going birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie between 10 and 16. Li, meanwhile, laboured to +1 through 14 following a bogey-birdie at 11 and 12. Suddenly Rose held a two-stroke lead with four to play. But Li’s second shot at the par-5 15th claimed the undisputed title of Shot of the Week in setting up a tap-in eagle to tie up the scores at the top. With three eagles and 17 birdies, Haotong Li’s red and gold scoreboard bore a striking resemblance to the Chinese flag beside his name.
An electrifying shootout continued as Rose birdied the next to retake the lead… before bogeying the penultimate hole to level things up again. Heading to the 18th tied on -18, separating the pair seemed damn near impossible. Both men had a par putt for victory and both missed. The pair went again on the 18th in a playoff and Rose, whose previous par putt lipped out in excruciating fashion, nailed it this time around. Li had an eerily similar putt to the last, and produced an eerily similar result as nerves got the better of him and he snatched at it; pushing the ball well past the hole and handing the title away.
Having won this event last year, this is Rose’s first-ever successful title defence and it will taste all the more sweet knowing he returns to the summit of world golf.
Plain and simple, there is no better way to market a product than to prove it works. Bryson DeChambeau, or “The Mad Scientist” to his closest friends, may already have been in scintillating form, but to put a brand new driver in your bag and go out and win a PGA Tour event straight off the bat is nothing short of remarkable. DeChambeau put the Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver into play this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and edged out defending champion Patrick Cantlay with a total of -21.
Not convinced? Perhaps you’d rather listen to Rickie Fowler. The Californian recorded his best finish (T4) since finishing runner-up at The Masters and carded the lowest final round of his career (63) with the F9 Driver in his bag for the first time.
The driver in question features the brand new Speedback technology and has been dubbed The King of Speed. Cobra Golf claim to be ‘in the business of innovation’, and all the evidence suggests this latest innovation is their best yet.
Written by Joe Carabini