US Open Champion Justin Rose launches his Final Series campaign on The European Tour at this week’s WGC HSBC-Champions, with the Englishman targeting a strong finish to what has been a dream year.
Rose currently sits third in The Race to Dubai with three lucrative events remaining in the inaugural Final Series, meaning he has an ideal opportunity to finish the season as European Number One, six years after he first achieved that feat in 2007.
The 33 year old finished tied seventh when the WGC-HSBC Champions was last played at Sheshan International Golf Club, and he is determined to kick off his Final Series bid in style in Shanghai.
“To continue to win big events is obviously a huge goal, and it would be nice to cap a great year with a strong finish,” he said. “There's a lot for me to play for these next few weeks. I feel nice and, not necessarily rested, but I feel motivated to have a strong finish to the year.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to win my second Race to Dubai. It wasn't The Race to Dubai in my era, it was obviously the Order of Merit, but to get my name on that trophy again would be a huge honour with so many great names who have done that.
“Henrik is chasing down history this year in terms of winning both the FedEx Cup and The Race to Dubai. I know the money list has been achieved before (by Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy) but not what he's going for, both trophies.
“He's a good friend of mine, and I'll certainly be pleased for him if he's the guy to do it but obviously I want to make it as tough as I can for him. I have to get past Graeme McDowell, too.
“I think it's going to take some great golf from me. This week is a huge opportunity to make big inroads as there is big prize money on offer. And heading into Turkey next week, I’ve good feelings there. I know I’m not necessarily defending champion, but we went to Turkey last year, and I managed to win the match‑play style event so hopefully it will be a nice place for me to revisit.
“I’ve also got strong memories of Dubai where I finished really strong last year as Rory birdied the last five to beat me. So I feel like I've got good vibes going into the final three events.”
World Number Five Rose has won titles all around the world in his 15 year professional career, and he is keen to add a victory in China to his increasingly impressive CV.
“I've always tried to see myself as a global player, and I think I've managed to do in my career,” he continued. “I've won most places now, all continents I think, so I'm proud of that fact.
“With somewhere like China being such a growing market, it would be great to win over here for me and that's probably the next goal. I have a great opportunity for that this week.
“I wouldn't say I love travelling every week, but I enjoy travelling. I've been a pro 15 years now but I still like to get to new places and see parts of the world and experience the different traditions.
“Unfortunately sometimes with golf tournaments you're a little bit removed from the real action and the real city. So it was a nice opportunity yesterday to go into Shanghai and do the photo call with HSBC and to be down town and really get a true sense of Shanghai itself. That was the first time I've been able do that. So getting opportunities like that, I still really enjoy it.”