Rose back at No.1 with Turkish Open win

Haotong Li goes into the final round with a three-shot lead

Haotong Li goes into the final round with a three-shot lead

Li's flawless 63, which included an eagle and six birdies in the first 12 holes, gave the 23-year-old a 17-under-par total of 196 and a three-shot lead over Rose and France's Alexander Levy, with 2016 victor Thorbjorn Olesen a stroke further back.

Li carded an eagle to move level with Rose, before the pair traded birdies and bogeys to finish tied on 17 under through 72 holes.

The Shanghai-born Li then stood in complete surprise, and with both arms outstretched, when his 8-iron second shot from 173 yards out at the par-4 10th hole ran up the back upward portion of the green only to then roll back down the slope and into the cup. "Hopefully next time I can play better".

Li, who had led by three shots heading to the last day, struggled in bogeying his closing two holes in regulation in signing for a 71 ahead of his bogey in the playoff.

Germany's Martin Kaymer (66) shared fourth with Lucas Bjerregaard (67) of Denmark, a shot further back.

"Those three weeks gave me a lot of experience and confidence, especially against the best golfers in the world", Li said. "It's so annoying. I don't mind playing to win a tournament, but it's really hard to play when you are trying not to make a mistake".

Rose struck what looked like the killer blow with a birdie on the 14th, but Li responded with a stunning approach to the par-five 15th to set up a tap-in eagle as Rose three-putted from long range for par.

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The 50th-ranked Li then increased his lead to four strokes when he birdied the par-5 12th hole.

Rose can return to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking if he wins Sunday. He lost a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the Masters past year and also finished tied second behind Italian Francesco Molinari at the Open at Carnoustie in July.

Instead Rose will again tee-up in the Tiger Woods hosted Hero World Challenge commencing on November 26 in the Bahamas while he also intends to defend his Indonesian Masters title on the Asian Tour starting on December 13.

The win lifts Rose to third on the Tour s Race to Dubai and while the Englishman mathematically could still win the No. 1 crown he has disappointed the Tour with a decision not to contest the remaining two events. He would have to win to overtake British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

"I ve had some pressure-packed Sundays of late and dare I say, kind of coming way with consolation prizes in a way", said Rose. I kept going today when it was tough.

"I played good golf today and I really enjoyed it", he said. "That's the goal and I will be going to Sun City with a bit of a spring in my step".

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