In recent months, the race for the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings has been a jockeying match between Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka. But after this week, the final results are in.
Playing at the BNI Indonesian Masters this past weekend, Justin Rose was in prime position to take over the number one ranking in the world heading into the new year. All he had to do was finish T-16 or better and the spot was his. He was in prime position for a top-ten finish in his final round of the 2018 year but completely unraveled.
Rose started his round off on a bad note, kicking it off with a bogey and double bogey on the first two holes. He was able to turn it around a bit heading through the front nine, notching a few birdies, but it all came apart again for him on the 12th hole, where he took eight shots to hole out on the par-5, resulting in a devastating triple bogey.
Justin Rose of England during the final round of the BNI Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta Golf Club on December 16, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
It was certainly the worst time possible for Rose to put up his worst round of 2018, which concluded with a three-over 75, but there was some insult added to his poor play. After checking out the rankings, it was revealed that Rose would have taken over the top spot if he simply hadn’t even have played in the tournament!
Rose fought until the very end, however, going on a string of birdies to try to make that top-16 spot but he was unable to overcome his previous mistakes. As a result, Brooks Koepka will carry the monicker of number one golfer in the world heading into 2019. And he will do it by a margin of only 0.0036 points.
While this will certainly be a disappointing end of 2018 for Rose, he at least has the holiday season to cheer him up. And regardless of his rank, Rosie will be a heavy favorite in almost every tournament he competes in in 2019, all of which could allow him to take back the number one ranking.
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