Justin Rose’s latest stay atop the world rankings will last just seven days.
The calculations of the Official World Golf Ranking will once again put Brooks Koepka ahead of Rose in next week’s rankings despite neither hitting a competitive shot this week, according to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robison.
Now third in the Race to Dubai standings, Rose isn’t playing this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, the penultimate event on the European Tour schedule.
The 38-year-old Englishman returned to No. 1 in the world – a position he first assumed at the BMW Championship in early September – after his playoff victory Sunday at the Turkish Airlines Open. That moved him just .05 points clear of Koepka.
Koepka’s divisor dropped from 45 to 44 in the two-year OWGR calendar, resulting in his average points rising.
After this week, Koepka will have 10.32 average points to Rose's 10.16.