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Successful defence will put Rose back top of the world


Justin Rose
Justin Rose

By Staff Reporter

Justin Rose is targeting the "double whammy" of his first successful title defence and a return to the top of the world rankings in the Turkish Airlines Open.

Rose spent two weeks as World No.1 earlier this season after finishing second in the BMW Championship, but would love to get back to the summit in style with a second consecutive victory at the Regnum Carya resort in Antalya.

"It would be a great double-whammy," said the 38-year old, who finished third in the defence of his WGC-HSBC Champions title in Shanghai on Sunday.

"Last week I had the opportunity to defend, and in Indonesia (in December) I have the opportunity to defend as well as here.

"I said a while back that I wanted to get to World No.1 so this would be a great place to knock off two big goals.

"I very rarely set outcome goals, (but) a couple of years ago my team and I put a plan together to get to number one and a big part of that was putting.

"I felt I could really improve between three and eight feet, so I built some putting drills to help me improve that. And this year, on the PGA Tour I was ranked number one from four to eight feet."

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