Rose aiming high

Justin Rose has set a goal to finish the 2014 season at number two on the world golf rankings.

If Rose can achieve the feat, it would be a career best ranking for the Englishman. Rose is currently ranked sixth behind Henrick Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk and Adam Scott, and Paddy Power is backing him as the 8/1 favourite for this week’s BMW Masters.

Rose’s chances are helped by Stenson pulling out of this week’s European Tour event to be with his wife, Emma, for the birth of his third child. Additionally, world number one Rory McIlroy has taken some time off golf to be in the court room for his case against his former management company.

The Northern Irishman leads the Race to Dubai standings by a healthy three million Euros. Nevertheless, Rose believes he can close the gap over the next four events.

“I’m not sure I can catch Rory, I haven’t really done the maths 100 percent,” the 34-year-old told AFP.

“The aim is to strengthen my world ranking as much as possible. If I was to play well and win a few tournaments before the end of the season I could get myself to second place in the world rankings which would be a personal best.”

The former US Open champion is part of the elite 74-man field that will tee off at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai for the BMW Masters on Thursday.

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