09.10. - Golf
Justin Rose believes he can still compete for the Race to Dubai title but admits he may need two tournament victories to do so.
The world number five is part of a strong field that will tee it up at this week's Italian Open. The tournament is the fifth of eight Rolex Series events, but Rose is some way behind current leader Jon Rahm.
Rose is 31st in the Race to Dubai standings as he prepares to head to the Olgiata Golf Club but this year's Farmers Insurance Open champion is refusing to give up on his quest to claim the Europeans Tour's end of season prize.
He has not finished as the European No.1 since 2007 and Rose admits he is ready to put the hard yards in over the next couple of weeks in an attempt to stay in contention.
Rose told Sky Sports: "There's a big run towards Dubai and The Race to Dubai, and each Rolex Series event offers you the opportunity to gain a lot of ground, and obviously that's the position I find myself in.
"I've played okay so far this year, but I haven't played in a lot of European Tour events. So I've kind of back-ended my schedule, and it's important for me to have a strong finish. The FedExCup is out of the way, but now I can really focus on Race to Dubai.
"The next month for me is really, really important and I feel like I'm in a position where I have to win probably two or three events between now and Dubai to challenge the leaders, but it's possible.
"I had that sort of run at the end of 2017 and nearly pulled it off. I had a great chance to win in Dubai. That's probably one of my regrets the last couple years is the last six, seven holes there, but maybe I can put that run together this year."