Race To Dubai 2017: Justin Rose aiming to snatch $1.25m prize from clutches of Tommy Fleetwood


Rose stormed back in contention for the year-end crown with victory in China last week (Source: Getty)

England’s Justin Rose has not given up hope of pipping compatriot Tommy Fleetwood to the Race To Dubai but admits that he needs victory in one of his final two events to snatch the $1.25m prize.

Fleetwood, 26, leads the rankings by almost 900,000 points and has the advantage of being signed up to play all three remaining tournaments, but Rose enjoyed a timely return to form when he won last week’s WGC-Champions in Shanghai and has his eye on a second European order of merit crown, 10 years after his first.

“I was very aware that I needed to play some special golf in my last three events,” said the 37-year-old.

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“The simple maths was I had to win at least two of them, so part one is done. It’s really now about focusing on the next two events that I have to make a difference.”

Masters winner Sergio Garcia is Fleetwood’s closest rival in the Race To Dubai standings but is not playing in Turkey or next week in South Africa, meaning Fleetwood could be out of reach before the season finale in Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship.

Rose is just over 1m points behind Fleetwood, with 985,000 on offer to the winner this week and a maximum 1.2m available in Dubai.

The top 10 players in the Race To Dubai share a $5m (£3.77m) prize pool, with the winner pocketing $1.25m (£942,000).

"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 added. 

"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."

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