Rose struggles in Indonesia, Koepka to end year No. 1

After he appeared comfortable through the first three days of the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters, Justin Rose┬ásurprisingly struggled┬áin the final round, meaning that Brooks Koepka, and not Rose, will begin 2019 atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rose flew to Indonesia for his final start of a globetrotting year, defending a title he won by eight shots last year. He needed to finish inside the top 16 to overtake Koepka in next week’s rankings, and a top-12 finish would have ensured that he ended the year ranked No. 1 for the first time in his career.

Both hurdles seemed easily cleared through 54 holes, as the Englishman began the final round tied for fourth. But a disastrous 3-over 75 dropped him all the way into a tie for 17th, leaving him stuck at No. 2 both next week and at year’s end.

Rose was 3 over after just two holes and made a triple-bogey-8 on the 12th hole. Despite attempting to rally with three birdies over his final five holes, Rose carded the highest final-round score of anyone inside the top 45 on the final leaderboard. He finished the week at 6 under, 14 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Poom Saksansin, and would have needed to finish at 8 under or better to end the year at No. 1.

It means that Koepka, who reached No. 1 for the first time with his win at the CJ Cup in October, will end the year at No. 1 followed by Rose, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau.

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