Justin Rose secures successive victories
English golfer Justin Rose has shot into the limelight after securing back to back victories for the first time in his career after cruising to a win at the Turkish Airlines Open yesterday. With this win, the 37-year-old golf veteran has proved that age is just a number and that golf is not only for the “younger generations”. Rose with his double victory has moved strikingly close to that coveted world number 1 spot in the golf community. Rose put in a 10-foot birdie at the final hole. He finished at an impressive 6 under 65 to win by a stroke with an 18 under tally. A week prior to his Turkish Open victory has seen him triumph at the WGC-HSBC Champions victory. Dylan Frittelli came in second with a seven under 64 sharing the spot with Nicolas Colsaerts who finished with a 66.
Park takes the top spot in the women’s world rankings
Sung Hyun Park on Monday took the no. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings after going over the then world rank one So Yeon Ryu in points. She is the 12th person to hold that coveted top no. 1 spot since the ranking system was created in 2006. So Yeon Ryu’s 19-week stint at the top was ended by Sung Hyun Park on Monday. On being asked she said that it was a great honour to her and her family and that her moving up the rankings will not affect her game in any way. Shanshan Feng also moved up to number 3 in the world rankings after winning the Toto classic in Japan on Sunday. The 24-year-old golfer Sung Hyun Park is the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion, and she also has under her belt the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open which she won in August with also the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award. She is the leading golfer on the LPGA money list and is in a tight race at second with Lexi Thompson for the Vare Trophy for low scoring average.
Stenson withdraws from RTD events
Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from the remaining two events at the European Tour’s Race to Dubai citing a rib injury that he might have sustained during a promotional video shoot for the WGC-HSBC Championship last month. The promotional video required several of the top-ranked players to be suspended mid-air by harnesses donning capes. Stenson might have injured himself in the process. He finished T-35 at the Turkish Airlines Open last week, but he implicitly stated that he was not fully fit. His status in the Hero World Challenge also remains uncertain.