Justin Rose is targeting a strong result in this week’s BMW Masters as he continues his bid to try and finish the year second in the world rankings.
2014 has been another highly successful season for the Brit, winning both the Quicken Loans National and the Scottish Open, as well as finishing as Europe’s leading points scorer in their successful Ryder Cup defence at Gleneagles.
His consistency has helped him move up to seventh in the Race to Dubai but there is still time to close the gap on current leader Rory McIlroy, with the lucrative end-of-season European Tour Finals which culminates with the DP World Tour Championship.
Rose is the 9.00 to win this week in Shanghai and his nearest competition is likely to come from fellow Ryder Cup hero Victor Dubuisson, who is 16.00 for the title.
Although catching McIlroy in the Race to Dubai does look unlikely, the Englishman knows how much a successful end to the season can help players surge up the rankings.
Following the end of the PGA Tour season, a number of his rivals are no longer able to collect huge amounts of ranking points and the 34-year-old is now targeting a strong run which he hopes will help him rise from sixth to a career-best second in the global standings.
“The aim is to strengthen my world ranking as much as possible,” he told AFP. “If I was to play well and win a few tournaments before the end of the season I could get myself to second place in the world rankings which would be a personal best.”