Rose’s reign at #1 over despite FedEx Cup win

Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup but gave up his number one ranking. (AFP pic)

ATLANTA: Justin Rose may have scooped the FedEx Cup trophy with a fourth-place finish at the Tour Championship on Sunday but it was not enough to prevent him from surrendering the coveted top spot in the world rankings.

The 2016 Olympic champion will be replaced as world number one by Dustin Johnson when the new rankings are released on Monday.

Johnson regained the ranking after finishing third, one shot ahead of Rose, at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Course.

Rose, however, was more than satisfied with his week’s work, which earned him a US$10 million (RM41 million) FedEx Cup winner’s cheque.

“There were a lot of scenarios at play this week and that’s what the beauty of this format is,” Rose said. “I think obviously for me this year it rewarded consistent golf.”

“For me, I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot.”

“But far and away, being next to this trophy is something I’m very, very proud of, and it was – definitely with five, six holes to play – it was pretty precarious.”

“I was in a great position around the turn, and then things just got tricky out there.”

Johnson had first moved to world number one in February 2017 and remained atop of the Rankings for 64 week until the second week in May this year.

The South Carolina-born golfer then returned to top spot four weeks after Justin Thomas had seized the title. Johnson stayed atop of the rankings for a further 13 weeks until Rose finished runner-up in the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.