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US Open champion Justin Rose is hoping he can remain strong to finish the season as European No.1 as he prepares to line up in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Rose currently trails Henrik Stenson by ?213,000 and he needs a top-five finish to have a chance of replacing the Swede at the top of the rankings. The 33-year-old was made an honorary life member of the European Tour after his major success and he believes he has the skills to succeed once again.
Either Rose or Graeme McDowell would top the Race to Dubai rankings if they win, and the Englishman is determined to end the year on a high.
He said: “It’s a big motivation. I feel like this is the modern era if you like. I won it in 2007 as the Order of Merit and now it’s the Race to Dubai.
“I’ve never held the trophy, even if my name is on it. I’d like to see if I’m strong enough to pick up this new trophy. It’s a big goal and it’s a goal that presents itself as the season progresses.
“At the beginning of the year you can dream up winning it, but it only really becomes an option once you’ve played some good golf.
“I think 2007 came a bit out of the blue. It was a bit of an anomaly.
I think this year has been built on a lot more solid foundations and therefore maybe means more.”