Cape Town - Justin Rose is choosing not to cry over spilled milk after
narrowly missing out on defending his WGC-HSBC Champions title in Shanghai on
A win for Rose would have seen the Englishman reclaim his
position at the top of the world rankings but ultimately a final-round 72 was
only good enough for third place, four shots behind winner Xander Schauffele.
A successful title defence remains one of the few golfing
achievements missing from Rose's CV, but he'll have another chance to cross it
off his list at this week's Turkish Airlines Open.
"I have events I've got to defend, two left in Turkey
and Indonesia," he said. "I've never defended a tournament before so
that's the goal for this run, to defend one of them."
He added: "Tough day for everybody. You just look at
the scoreboard, seems like everyone fell apart. There was no chasing pack
today, it was a three-horse race all day. It was hard to keep the mistakes off
the card completely today.
"It was a fun battle. I was always just one or two
shots behind, it felt on the back nine, but I birdied 13 and 14 to give myself
a chance and still had a chance I felt when I hit my iron shot into 17.
"I hit a good iron shot into there and Xander made his
putt - I missed my putt. I was two behind playing the last trying to force
something there. I was in the hunt and a decent defence."
Rose's week in Shanghai also ended in bizarre fashion.
Needing to hole his approach shot at the 18th to stand any chance of defending
his title, he instead knocked playing partner and eventual winner Schauffele's
ball into the water, along with his own!
Luckily for Schauffele, under the rules of golf, he was able
to replace his ball where it was originally positioned. He went on to make
birdie to force his way into a play-off with Tony Finau, which he went on to
For Rose, however, it was a one-stroke penalty and a closing