Justin Rose’s victory in the WGC – Cadillac Championship lifted the Englishman to second in the Race to Dubai, back into the world’s top ten and right into the Ryder Cup frame.
Rose moved up to seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking, one place outside his career best, following his one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson at Doral and lies second in both the Race to Dubai and Ryder Cup World Points list behind Rory McIlroy.
Rose reached the summit of European golf in 2007 when he topped the Order of Merit and went on to make his Ryder Cup debut the following year at Valhalla. His impressive performance in Miami has put both those goals back within reach.
“I'm a player who balances trying to play both tours, and winning a tournament like this actually is the perfect way to compete on both tours, because it's such a great crossover now,” he said. “I have the chance to compete and have a run at The Race to Dubai now and obviously it gets you really going well in the FedExCup. So it's an exciting win.”
McIlroy completed his first week as World Number One by finishing third at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral in Miami, two strokes behind Rose, with Luke Donald lying second. Donald needs to win this week on the US PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship to regain the World Number One position.
Lee Westwood in third and Martin Kaymer fourth complete the European top four line-up with Charl Schwartzel advancing from ninth to sixth and showing some great form ahead of his Masters defence next month with a joint fourth place finish on Sunday.
Peter Hanson, who shared fourth with Schwartzel, moved into the world’s top 25.
With three weeks remaining to earn an invite to the Masters Tournament through the top 50 in the World Ranking, focus this week will be on those players on the bubble in the Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol, including defending champion Paul Lawrie in 45th, Robert Rock in 56th and Rafael Cabrera-Bello in 60th.