Justin Rose Set To Lose World Number One Spot Next Week

If Rose and Brooks Koepka don't play this week, Brooks Koepka will return to the top of the rankings

Justin Rose Set To Lose World Number One Spot Next Week

If Rose and Brooks Koepka don't play this week, Koepka will return to the top of the rankings

Justin Rose Set To Lose World Number One Spot Next Week

Justin Rose regained the world number one position in style by successfully defending the Turkish Airlines Open.

The Englishman edged out Haotong Li in a playoff to regain his number one spot after losing it to both Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson in over the past couple of months.

Rose's initial spell as the world's best player in September was a short one - two weeks to be specific - and his second spell at number one is set to be even shorter.

That's because he will lose the number one position to Brooks Koepka if both he and Koepka don't play this week.

As it stands, we do not believe Rose will be teeing it up in South Africa this at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Brooks Koepka isn't playing in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

The Englishman hasn't made the trip to Sun City since 2013, although he may now be tempted to tee it up at the Gary Player CC due to the current world ranking scenario and his position in the Race to Dubai.

Rose is currently around 1.3m points and euros behind Francesco Molinari with both of the final two tournaments offering over €1m first prizes.

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Based on the averages and the tournaments played over the past two years, Rose will lose the spot to Koepka unless he plays this week.

Rose's Turkish Airlines Open victory was the first time he had successfully defended a title in his career and was his 12th European Tour title and 23rd professional victory.

“I've had some pressure-packed Sundays of late, dare I say, coming away with consolation prizes in a way. World Number One after losing in a play-off, finishing fourth but winning the FedExCup. I was keenly aware I wanted to get back in the winner's circle and it was good to get it done today."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV