Turkish Open: Justin Rose one off lead in bid to regain world number one spot

Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood

Turkish Open first-round leaderboard
-7 P Dunne (Ire); -6 P Harrington (Ire), T Olesen (Den), J Rose (Eng); -5 W Ashun (Chn), T Detry (Bel), K Horsfield (Eng), M Kaymer (Ger), L Haotong (Chn), L Westwood (Eng), K Aphibarnrat (Tha),
Selected others: -4 C Paisley (Eng), D Willett (Eng), M Wallace (Eng); -3 S Lowry (Ire), T Fleetwood (Eng); -2 T Lewis (Eng)
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England’s Justin Rose is one shot off the lead after starting the defence of his Turkish Open title.

Ireland’s Paul Dunne leads on seven under after the first round in Antalya, with Rose and 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen a shot further back.

Dunne’s compatriot Padraig Harrington, who could be Rose’s Ryder Cup captain in 2020, is also on six under.

Rose, 38, will return to the top of the world rankings if he makes the first successful title defence of his career.

He spent two weeks as world number one after finishing second in the BMW Championship in September and is currently second to American Brooks Koepka.

Dunne set the pace on five under after 10 holes before Harrington briefly shared the lead with Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen, who finished the day on three under.

Dunne, currently ranked 105, birdied two of his last four holes to complete a round of 64 while Rose birdied the 18th to join Harrington and Denmark’s Olesen on six under.

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‘Son’s death changed my approach to golf’ – European Tour hopeful Law

David Law celebrates winning the Scottish Hydro Challenge

David Law is within touching distance of realising his dream of a European Tour spot, 15 months on from the premature death of his first child.

The 27-year-old is one of four Scots in the top 15 qualifying spots before this week’s Challenge Tour Grand Final.

Law feels his perspective has changed since his son was still-born.

“It was a hard time and since then golf has been secondary to that,” said the Aberdonian. “You start to realise it is not as important as you think it is.”

He told BBC Scotland: “I think it has helped this year having a bit more of a laid-back approach to it.”

Law is currently 12th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings