• Is playing three of four Final Series tournaments.
• Has previously been as high as third on rankings.
• 'There’s always something to play for,' says Rose.
JUSTIN ROSE | BMW MASTERS
Justin Rose admits that he is determined to use the European Tour’s Final Series of events, taking place over the next four weeks, to improve his world ranking position to a career best.
The Englishman, currently sixth on the standings, is scheduled to play three of the four season-ending tournaments, beginning with this week’s BMW Masters.
And, with Rory McIlroy holding an almost insurmountable lead at the top of the Race To Dubai in the battle to be the tour’s No.1 player this year, 34-year-old says he has other priorities to attend to.
“I’m not sure I can catch Rory in the Race to Dubai,” the Englishman told europeantour.com. “But the Bonus Pool runs deep down to 15th and I want to strengthen my world ranking as much as possible.
“If I can play well and maybe win a couple of tournaments between now and the end of the season, I could probably get up to second in the world, which would be a personal best. So there’s always something to play for.”
"I've played well on this golf course in the past, so I’m looking forward to getting going.”
Rose, the European Tour Order of Merit winner in 2007, reached a career high world ranking of third after finishing second to Tiger Woods in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
However, the top points-scorer at last month’s Ryder Cup has a gilt-edged chance to improve on that over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, his fellow Englishman Ian Poulter is also hoping to finish his season with a flourish.
Without a win anywhere in the world since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, the 38-year-old has recently switched to Titleist clubs and is hoping that new gear, combined with a return to a continent where he has enjoyed success in the past, will help him recover his best form.
“It’s always nice to come back to Asia and I’ve got a decent record here,” said Poulter. “I've played well on this golf course in the past, so I’m looking forward to getting going.”
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