Li takes three-shot lead into Turkish Airlines Open final round

Li takes three-shot lead into Turkish Airlines Open final round

Defending the title he won past year, England's Justin Rose won 2018 Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament held in Turkey's Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.

Li went into the final round leading by three shots and after a level par 71 ended regulation play tied with Rose on 17-under par but with Rose bogeying his closing two holes, including missing his par putt at the final hole for victory lipping-out in a round of 68.

Li led by three shots heading into the final day in Antalya, but Rose fired a final-round 68 to force a sudden-death playoff after the pair tied at 17 under.

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

"I definitely got a lot of confidence from beating Rory and since then I have been playing a lot of big events, which has built my confidence also", said Li.

"If I was able to do that on the top of what I've already achieved, it would make things really good, so very much focusing on the majors. maybe not playing too much and playing as fresh as I can for those". Li responded with a stunning approach to tap-in range on the par-5 15th for an eagle and a share of the lead when Rose three-putted from long range for par.

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With Rose safely in for par, the 25-year-old had an eight-foot putt to win his second European Tour title of the season, but he raced the birdie attempt three feet past and then rushed the return putt, pushing it wide of the target to gift the victory to the new world No 1.

Rose kept the No. 1 ranking for two weeks the first time he reached the top. He'll need to play better than he did in round three if he's to become the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title. He would have to win to overtake British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

Of his chip-in and then the eagle, Haotong said, "That was quite a special moment for myself, and second shot was like 173 something and 8-iron, tried to hit a high fade, which I did, but little bit flyer high and finished pin-high, which is a little long, and lucky from the top and rolls in".

Rose was doubly determined to win the play-off and complete his first successful title defence, having lost the PGA Tour's BMW Championship to Keegan Bradley in a play-off when going to world No 1 for the first time.

"I played good golf today and I really enjoyed it", he said. Still, I am fine, as the overall game is in good shape. "I don't have a go-to up on that particular hole".