Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Justin Rose was crowned the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open champion with a final round of 65.
The tournament was decided on the final hole, where Rose pulled clear with a closing birdie leaving him a shot ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts and Dylan Frittelli at 18 under par at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort for his second win in two weeks.
Rose, who won the 2012 Turkish Airlines World Final and last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, said: “It’s incredibly sweet. It’s like a bus. You wait ages for one and then two turn up.
“It was lots of fun. Before I have won with two putts on the last green and it was unique to make a putt that really counted on the last hole.”
Hoverboard world record holder Alexandru Duru flew in to hand the trophy over to Rose at the prizegiving ceremony.
The Turkish Airlines Open is the third last tournament on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and has a prize fund of $7 million. Rose’s win moves him to second place in The Race to Dubai.
The Englishman, last year’s Olympic gold medallist, was in the group two shots off the lead going into the final day and pushed his way into contention with a front nine of 32 shots and three birdies in the last four holes were enough to claim victory.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu awarded Rose Turkey’s Distinguished Service Award for his charity work.
The presentation committee was also made of Turkish Golf Federation President Agaoglu, Minister of Youth and Sports Osman Askin Bak and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Turkish Airlines Seda Kalyoncu.
Last year’s champion Thorbjorn Olesen was fifth, three shots back, while Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood was 23rd.