Justin Rose fancies his chances of winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where he is one of seven players who could be crowned European Number One on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy has a slender lead over Danny Willett at the top of The Race to Dubai, but Rose, despite being 650,000 points behind in third, could still finish top of the pile if results go his way.
Three years ago the 35 year old Englishman signed off with a majestic ten under par 62 over Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth course, only to finish runner-up after McIlroy birdied the final five holes to snatch a brilliant victory.
This year Rose is hoping to go one better, which would be good enough for him to win the season-long list for the second time in his career as long as McIlroy and Willett both finish worse than a two-way tie for second.
McIlroy’s record in Dubai is also superb. As well as winning here in 2012, he has finished in the top five four times and his worst performance is tied 11th.
The other players who could mathematically win The Race to Dubai are Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Byeong Hun An.
“I always enjoy finishing the season here in Dubai. It's a course that I really enjoy playing. It's a course that's good for me. I've played well here the last few years and I come in here with the exciting chance of trying to win The Race to Dubai. It's going to be a fun week. I fancy my chances. "The way I see it, if I win this tournament, I would be very unlucky not to win The Race to Dubai. So for the most part I've done my job of getting to this point in the season with a great chance to win.”
“I know what I need to do this week. I know I need to go and win the tournament. But that's like no other week for me. I just need to go out there Thursday and Friday and try to put myself in a position going into the weekend. But I played the Pro-Am yesterday and I really felt like I was playing well. So I'm going to play nine holes this afternoon, and I'm quietly confident that I'm playing well enough. I think if my putter warms up, I can definitely give this a run at the weekend. Fingers crossed that happens.”