Defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose went on a scintillating run following his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions 2017. After staging the third-biggest final round comeback in PGA Tour history, Justin went on to win the Turkish Airlines Open and Indonesian Masters before the year was out. The Englishman kick-started 2018 with five top-10 finishes and a comfortable three-stroke victory at the Fort Worth International over eventual US Open champion Brooks Koepka.
Having never dropped out of the top 20 on the World Rankings since 2012, Justin is currently the highest-ranked European on the planet with his World No. 2 status. Should he maintain his hot streak, it won’t be impossible that this Englishman born in South Africa could be World No. 1 when he arrives in Shanghai.