Red-hot Rose set to resist Nedbank temptation
Successive wins have lifted Justin Rose to second in the Race to Dubai, but he still intends to miss the penultimate event of the season.
Justin Rose is set to stick to his plan of missing next week's Nedbank Golf Challenge, despite moving firmly into contention for the Race to Dubai title with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
World number six Rose followed up his triumph at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a second successive victory on Sunday, a closing birdie at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort completing a round of 65 that saw the Englishman pip playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts and Dylan Frittelli by one stroke.
Rose - the European Tour's number one in 2007 - is now up to second in the Race to Dubai, with a realistic chance of overhauling leader Tommy Fleetwood ahead of the season's last two events.
Nevertheless, it appears the former U.S. Open champion will resist the temptation to change his schedule and compete in South Africa next week, prior to the similarly lucrative World Tour Championship, Dubai that closes the campaign.
"It definitely gives me a dilemma. I think I'm going to stick to my guns and stick to the schedule that I had laid out," Rose told the European Tour.
"Next week, even though I'm not playing, is a really important week for me. I'm gonna catch up with my coaches, I'm gonna catch up with my physio, I'm gonna catch up on some work, get the body feeling good and come back to Dubai giving myself the best possible chance. Even though I'm not technically playing, I'm going to be doing a lot of good work."
“It’s like a bus. You wait for one and two come along at once.”— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 5, 2017
Rose on the phone to his family after winning back-to-back events. pic.twitter.com/ty79IXesjK
A thrilling finish in Antalya saw Rose find the cup from around eight feet on the last to finish one clear of Frittelli, before Colsaerts missed from a similar distance with his attempt to force a play-off.
"For me, the most exciting thing was going head to head down the stretch with Nicolas and then seeing Dylan make his birdie at 18 to get to 17 [under]," Rose added.
"I very much knew what the situation was and then when Nicolas hit that beautiful iron shot into 18, I presumed he was within 10 feet, so I knew I needed to follow him.
"To hit shots when you really have to on the last hole is very rewarding."
Players to win a WGC then win again the following week:— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 5, 2017
That's it. pic.twitter.com/7FvmKmlqr5