Is there a better golfer on the planet right now than Justin Rose?

Justin Rose book-ended his week with a pair of 62s (Picture: Getty Images) Kevin Garside 16 hours Monday December 18th 2017 The world rankings say Justin Rose is the fourth best player in the world. The last three months say there is none better on the planet. Since missing the cut at the final major of the season, the PGA Championship, Rose has not finished outside the top 10 in as many outings. Three of his last six events have ended in victory, including yesterday’s Indonesian Masters, which he claimed by a thumping eight shots on 29 under par after bookending the week with a pair of 62s. Weather interruptions meant he played 30 holes on the last day, yet in his final round he needed only 29 strokes to reach the turn, a run which included a six-hole sequence of five birdies and an eagle. ‘The golf of my life’ “It looks easy on top but underneath you are really paddling,” he said. “It’s been a great week obviously. That is as low as I have ever shot. I started with a 62 and ended with a 62, never done that before so a lot of firsts this week.” 9 Rose ends 2017 nine places higher in the world rankings than he started it It’s a pity the year has to end. Rose heads home for Christmas with the family in the Bahamas before jetting back across the time zones to launch 2018 at Abu Dhabi in January. “Since August I have played the golf of my life. Though majors really move the needle for me and to win a few more of those would elevate my career, I was also aware I wanted to start winning more regularly. Three wins in the last 10 starts has scratched that itch. “This is my last event of the season, to finish the year on a good note and still have a couple of weeks to enjoy this win over Christmas and New Year is really nice, too. A far safer bet “To come here with my game in good shape, have to deal with bad weather and jetlag and stay focused on all four rounds, is something that I am really pleased about. I have had a dream week and I played incredible golf.” So Rose ends 2017 ranked nine places higher than he started it, and with his game fully restored after his setback at the Masters in April, where he led Sergio Garcia by two strokes with six to play before losing in a play-off. The fanfare over Tiger Woods’ return will doubtless colour the picture in the early part of 2018 but if you are looking for serious indicators of major promise next year, Rose represents a far safer bet on this form.