The No. 1 ranking in the world of golf is fast becoming a revolving door.
Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka — it seemingly changes every other week.
It could change once again on Sunday.
They’re heading down the homestretch on the European Tour in the Race To Dubai and this week’s event is one of their headliners — The Turkish Airlines Open — which is part of the Rolex Series. That means you make a heckuva lot more money by winning one of those on the tour that is basically the poor cousin of the PGA Tour.
Rose is the defending champion this week at the Regnum Carya Resort, site of the event and he’s off and running as he looks to boot Koepka out of the top spot.
Rose opened on Thursday with six-under par 65 that left him a shot behind Paul Dunne of Ireland.
Friday’s second round saw Rose off and running as he went a couple-under over his first six holes to grab a piece of the early lead. His good play continued and by day’s end he put up a second 65 that got him to 12-under and he’ll take a two-shot lead into the weekend with Thorbjorn Olesen, Tom Lewis and former Masters champ Danny Willett chasing him.
But there’s a long way to go in this one and some young talent is stepping up to possibly get in Rose’s way.
Rose feels at home in Turkey but will have to keep the pressure on if he wants to jump back into that top spot come Monday.