Following his stunning victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, Englishman Justin Rose now has his eyes set firmly on a second Race to Dubai title as he prepares to tee it up at this week’s Turkish Airlines Open.
And still fresh in his mind is his superb performance in Sunday’s final round in Shanghai, as he came from six shots back on the back nine to claim a two-stroke victory.
That victory moved him up to third place in the Race to Dubai rankings behind Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood, and with no less than $22.5m up for grabs over the last three events of the season, it’s still all to play for.
Rose won the European Tour Order of Merit for the first time ten years ago, and would love to do so again.
“It matters because you’ve beaten the best players in Europe and for the most part the best players in the world,” he said.
“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.
“I think to measure your game over the course of a year tells you that you’ve really been solid and you’ve really achieved something special.”