Justin Rose will keep chasing a personal best world ranking

For Justin Rose, this could be the season he finally achieves a new personal best as he enters the final stages of the season in eighth position.

The Hampshire golfer is still some way behind Rory McIlroy both in terms of his current form and on the leaderboard, but he’s confident that rising up the rankings as the European Tour’s Final Series kicks into gear in China on Thursday that a great finish is achievable.

Rose warmed up for the BMW Masters by defeating Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter in a match designed to mark the opening of a course they designed in Hainan. Rose said after the game: “I’m not sure I can catch Rory 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.”

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