The 2013 US Open winner was in sparkling form in China last week to reel in World Number One Dustin Johnson from eight shots behind and proved his mettle again to turn a two-shot deficit into a one-stroke win at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Rose began the day two shots adrift of joint leaders Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry but with three birdies and a bogey in the opening nine of the Regnum Carya resort course had grabbed a share of the lead.
But it was on the back nine the Englishman asserted himself, four birdies without a blemish enough to survive a tense tussle with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli and 36-hole leader Nicolas Colsaerts.
A final birdie of the week at the 72nd hole was the clinching shot, Rose particularly pleased to have finished in style.
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“I haven't been in a situation where I've rolled in many putts on the 18th green to win a tournament and obviously the way things were unfolding on the course today, I knew that that putt on 18 was critical, whether it be for a playoff or it be for the win,” he said in the aftermath.
“It was a very satisfying putt on 18 to make when I had to.”
After claiming last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in stunning fashion when Johnson suffered an uncharacteristic meltdown, Rose has now put himself in contention to claim the year-long Race to Dubai.
Fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood has led for most of the season but Rose’s fast finish has now made the prospect of a showdown in Dubai in two weeks a real possibility.
Rose will skip next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa but remains confident he can claim the season long title.
He said playing four weeks in a row has never been a successful ploy for him and he was prepared to take his chances on being fresh for the grand finale in Dubai.
“(Playing) four in a row is not something that I do scheduling-wise,” he said.
“I've done it many times and I feel like by the fourth week, you're hoping to play well, not knowing you can play well, at least for me.
“Especially traveling through all these time zones. I'm kind of banking on trying to freshen up and continue my good form and momentum in Dubai. “I think I'm focusing on if I win there, then Tommy is going to have to play some good golf next week and [in] Dubai to beat me, and if he does, hats off to him. I set my stall out, and I'll stick to it.”
The tournament ended much the way it has unfolded all week for the Australasian contingent with none of the five finishing better than mid-field.
Andrew Dodt and Scott Hend were the pick at 3-under and T42 in the 78-player field, one ahead of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox who was T48.
Sam Brazel finished at 1-under for the week and T52 while Marcus Fraser was near the bottom of the leaderboard at 4-over.
JUSTIN ROSE REFLECTS ON 2017 SEASON
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