Shriners Open Recap: DeChambeau Climbs to No. 5
Shriners Open Recap: DeChambeau Climbs to No. 5

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On the one hand, there's the official No. 1 player in the world, Justin Rose. On the other, there's a golfer some observers see as the unofficial No. 1, Bryson DeChambeau.

Rose won the Turkish Airlines Open in a playoff to reclaim the top spot from idle Brooks Koepka, while later on Sunday DeChambeau won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to move to No. 5 in the OWGR. For DeChambeau, it was his third title in five starts and fourth in five months.

The bigger win belongs to Rose, as it came at the start of the three-event European Tour Finals. The 38-year-old Englishman fought a gallant Haotong Li down the stretch in Antalya, Turkey, and won when the Chinese golfer 15 years his junior missed a 2 ½-footer for par on the first playoff hole.

Going back a year and two weeks, when his run of prosperity took off, Rose has five wins and eight additional top-fives.

Rose thus returns to the top spot that he held for two weeks last month. We still don't know whether he's done enough to end the year as No. 1 in the world, which has no added importance but still is viewed as an honor by the golfers. It likely depends on whether Koepka takes part (and does well) in the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods' 18-man invitational in Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving.

"The fun thing is, I still feel like there's improvement to be had and that's what I'm

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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