Justin Rose is the new world number one after overcoming a three-stroke deficit to capture a second straight Turkish Airlines Open with a victory in Belek.
Rose, 38 posted a final round four-under par 68 to finish tied after regulation play on 17-under par with China’s Haotong Li on the Regnum Caya course.
Rose then putted out for a par four at the first extra hole moments ahead of the 23-year Li horribly three-putting for bogey.
Rose first went to world number one in losing a play-off in last August’s PGA Tour BMW Championship but remained atop of the rankings for just a fortnight.
The Englishman’s victory along the shores of the Mediterranean is the first time in Rose’s now 19 pro career wins around the globe he’s successfully defended a title.
Li, who had led by three shots heading to the last day, struggled in bogeying his closing two holes in regulation in signing for a 71 ahead of his bogey in the play-off.
© Agence France-Presse (Additional edits by Joseph McBrien)