Top trio confirmed for BMW Masters

Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose have all confirmed their participation in the BMW Masters – the opening event of the European Tour’s 2014 Final Series.

With the final major of the year approaching, and the 2014 Ryder Cup nearing its conclusion, focus is already switching towards the four huge season-ending events starting at Lake Malaren, Shanghai, from October 28-November 2.

“I said it after my win in Wentworth: I feel like my season is just beginning,” said McIlroy.

“And here we are: winning The Open was huge, and I am really looking forward to coming back to the BMW Masters. The course at Lake Malaren suits me and I have always played well here. I would obviously like to be at the top of the leaderboard and get off to a great start in the Final Series.”

Stenson said: “BMW is one of the greatest if not the greatest of our partners. It always looks after us very nicely and you know, when it is a BMW event, that you can expect high standards.

“Coming into the last four tournaments, the Final Series, starting with the BMW Masters, it is a good chance to make up some ground if you are behind. Or to pull away from the pack if you are in a great position. It is a very important tournament to get off to a good start.”

Victories on both sides of the Atlantic, meanwhile, have left Rose hungry for more success.

“The BMW Masters is going to be a fantastic tournament,” said the 38-year-old. “I like Asia in general. I love being there and like the Lake Malaren course. And I have some lovely fans over there. I’m looking forward to returning and trying to get my hands on that trophy.”