Cape Town - The European Tour was dealt a bit of a
blow on Monday with the news that Justin Rose and Paul Casey have both
decided to skip this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Rose has decided to sit out the Race to Dubai season finale despite
still having a mathematical chance of ending the year as European No 1.
To be fair to the FedEx Cup champion, it is an outside chance at
best, considering that Francesco Molinari leads the way by nearly 1.3
million points. Rose would have had to win the tournament and Molinari
would have had to finish outside of the top 40 in the 60-man field.
Still, as arguably the European Tour's most high-profile and
successful member, Rose's absence does lucractive season finale in Dubai
Ryder Cup team-mate Casey has also decided to skip the event,
while an injury to American Julian Suri makes it three eligible players
not on the entry list for the event.
Hideto Tanihara, Matthew Southgate and Robert Rock have been called up to replace the missing trio.
Rose hinted earlier this month that he was considering sitting out Dubai.
"I have a lot going on the next couple weeks, so it (playing in Dubai) would be a big shift for me," he said.
"It (why he isn't playing) might become apparent next year, but there are things that I need to kind of get figured out."
Rose's decision to skip the DP World Tour Championship will not
affect his European Tour membership status, as he has already completed
the minimum requirement of four events outside of the majors and World
Golf Championship tournaments.
His focus will now shift to the Hero World Challenge from November
29-December 2 in the Bahamas before he defends his Indonesian Masters
title two weeks' later.