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Rose back on top of the world

Rose back on top of the world

Li sits in first at 17 under through 54 holes at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort. "Last time it was muted because I was still so mad at not winning the tournament at the BMW".

"I'm sure we'll re-toast getting to number one and this time we have some silverware". Now arguably the most consistent player on the planet wants one weekend of magic.

But he missed that and Rose also erred to send the tournament to a play-off hole, where Li's putter failed him again, handing the Ryder Cup victor the trophy and a return to the rankings summit ahead of Brooks Koepka.

"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.

He said, "I think I played quite well".

However, it was Li's turn to three-putt from long range and Rose was left with a putt for the win after a superb bunker shot, only to miss from four feet.

Li began the day three shots adrift of Rose but claimed the top spot with a 9-under 63 to move to 17 under.

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It was Li who would then regain a share with an eagle on 15, before Rose pushed ahead once more with a birdie on the next.

The pair returned to the 18th hole for a play-off, but Li would hand Rose the title by taking three putts from eight feet, after rushing his initial effort past the hole and failing to make the short return putt - much to the shock of everyone in attendance. Coming on the top of fifth, ninth and 11th place finishes, he had a chip-in for birdie on ninth and then holed a 173-yard shot with eight-iron for an eagle on Par-4 10th.

It was the 21st victory worldwide for Rose, and the first time he had successfully defended his title.

Levy produced a second straight bogey-free 66 as the 28-year old Florida-based Frenchman seeks a second success this season and the sixth win of his European Tour career. I'm really looking forward to the off-season to still work at a few things and still get better.

"The fun thing is I still feel like there's improvement to be had and that's what I'm looking for". He would have to win to overtake British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

Tourists like to visit this stunning Mediterranean coastline at this time of the year to relax in the water, but three visits to the wet stuff caused Justin Rose nothing but angst and provided a sizeable obstacle in his mission to return to world No 1 on Sunday.


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