There can be no doubting who is world No 1 anymore. Justin Rose was already at the top of the rankings, but the margins were so marginal to be arguable. Now, after beating the best field of the year so far, the Englishman can enjoy blessed daylight at the summit.
Rose emphatically reinforced his position with a two-under 70 at Torrey Pines to reach 21-under and claim a two-shot victory in the strangest field of 2019 so far.
Teeing off with a three-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open, this was a supremely controlled display, leaving the Australian Adam Scott gallantly chasing shadows to finish in outright second, two clear of Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and the American Talor Gooch in third.
This was so impressive from Rose, especially considering the fact it was only his second event with new irons and that he was without long-tme caddie Mark Fulcher, who is recovering from heart surgery last week.
Fulcher’s friend Gareth Lord stepped in and the former bagman to Henrik Stenson will be counting the percentages of the near £1m win. Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for fifth on 14-under following a 69, with Tiger Woods in joint 20th on his first appearance in 2019 following a 67 for 10-under.