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Final Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard

Final 2018 Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard

The final Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard from Regnum Carya, where Justin Rose defended a title for the first time in his career

 

2018 Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard:

PositionNameNationScore
1Justin RoseEngland-17 *
2Haotong LiChina-17
T3Thomas Detry
Adrian Otaegui
Belgium
Spain
-15
T5Lucas Bjerregard
Martin Kaymer
Denmark
Germany
-14
T7Tommy Fleetwood
Thorbjorn Olesen
Danny Willett
England
Denmark
England
-13
T10Thomas Aiken
Sam Horsfield
Alexander Levy
Tapio Pulkkanen
South Africa
England
France
Finland
-12
* Rose defeated Li in a sudden-death playoff

What happened at the Turkish Airlines Open?

It was an incredible finish at Regnum Carya. Haotong Li had taken a three-shot lead into the final round, only to stutter his way through Sunday. Justin Rose had pegged back the deficit by the time the playing partners reached the 15th tee, but could only watch on as his Chinese opponent drained an eagle 3.

Rose birdied 16 to regain the lead, before he gave the shot back at the next hole. Both at 18-under on the final hole and both players missed putts from inside six feet for the win.

So back for another go at the 18th and both players found the dance floor in two with makeable putts for victory, only for Li to inexplicably three-putt from 15 feet and hand the title to the Englishman.

Elsewhere, Tommy Fleetwood finished tied for 7th at 13-under to close the gap on Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari. But with Fleetwood not playing in next week’s Nedbank Challenge, it’s unlikely he’ll catch his good friend.

Also finishing at 13-under is Danny Willett. It was just the third top 10 of the season for the out-of-form Englishman.

What does the result mean for Justin Rose? Click here for a full round-up from the Turkish Airlines Open.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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