SHANGHAI (AFP) – Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world number two over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters from Thursday.
The Englishman can further his claims in Shanghai after fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson pulled out, joining world number one Rory McIlroy on the sidelines.
But Rose believes it might be a step too far to close the gap on McIlroy, who also leads the Race to Dubai, over the European Tour’s “Final Series” of four big-money events.
McIlroy is taking time out to prepare for a multi-million dollar lawsuit with his former management company, and will not play again until the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next month.
The Northern Irishman, who has won two majors this year, holds a healthy lead of more than three million euros in prize money at the top of the Race to Dubai standings.
The final series also includes next week’s World Golf Championships HSBC Champions in Shanghai, the Turkish Airlines Open and the climax to the season in Dubai.