Turkish Open: Justin Rose one-time lead in attempt to regain number one in the world

Posted by on November 01, 2018  /   Posted in golf reviews

Justin Rose sat in a group with Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood (right) and Thorbjorn OlesenTurkish Open first-round leaderboard-7 P Dunne (Ire); -6 P Harrington (Ire), T Olesen (Den), J Rose (Eng); -5 W Ashun (Chn), T Detry (Bell), K Horsfield (M), M Kaymer (Ger), L Haotong (Chn), L Westwood (Eng), K Aphibarnrat (Tha), Selected others: -4 C Paisley (Eng), D Willett (Eng), M Wallace (Eng); -3 S Lowry (Ire), T Fleetwood (Eng); -2 T Lewis (Eng) Full standings

The English Justin Rose is one shot from the start after starting the defense of his title in Turkish Open.

Paul Dunne of Ireland leads back after the first round in Seven Under in Antalya, with Rose and 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen.

Dunne & # 39; s compatriot Padraig Harrington, who could be the captain of Rose's Ryder Cup in 2020, also stands at six below.

Rose, 38, will return to the top of the world rankings if he makes the first successful title defense of his career.

He spent two weeks as world champion after being second in the BMW championship in September and is currently in second place for the Americans Brooks Koepka

Dunne set the pace at five 10 holes before Harrington briefly took the lead with the Finnish Tapio Pulkkanen, which ended the day at three below.

Dunne, currently ranked 105, birdied two of his last four holes to complete a round of 64 while Rose birdied the 18th to join Harrington and Denmark's Olesen at six.

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