Justin Rose feels one more European Tour victory is necessary if he is to pip Tommy Fleetwood to this season’s Race to Dubai title.
The 37-year-old’s superb triumph in last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament saw him move up to third in the European standings, with three events to go.
The former US Open champion trails Fleetwood by 1,056,597 points, with Sergio Garcia nestled in between the two English stars, but there are still plenty of points to be won at Carya Golf Club and next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
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With a string of titles to his name over the years, it would be easy to suggest that Rose is not too bothered about the Race to Dubai, but the South African-born ace insist that could not be further from the truth.
“It matters because you’ve beaten the best players in Europe and for the most part the best players in the world,” he told the European Tour website.
“If you can win a tournament, you’ve beaten the guys over a week and that’s fantastic, but a lot of guys can have hot weeks. If you win over the course of a season that speaks volumes.”
Rose will not play in the land of his birth next week and knows that, with the situation he is in, winning on Sunday or in the UAE is necessary to scoop the title.
“The simple maths was I had to win at least two of them so part one is done anyway,” he added. “But it’s really now about focusing on the next two events that I have to make a difference. So starting this week.”
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