The Englishman is finishing the season like a house on fire,
capturing victories at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open.
As a result, Rose is single-handedly turning the year-end Race to Dubai into a real fight.
Tommy Fleetwood looked to have secured the European No 1 spot, but
his lead has now been trimmed to less than 135 000 points with only two
He is also committed to playing in the Hong Kong Open
the week after Dubai.
"I put myself in a predicament about this week," said Rose after his
victory in Turkey on Sunday.
"I didn't quite fully anticipate being so
close to Tommy, but we'll have to see. It's in Tommy's hands still, but I
just know I need to go and play well in Dubai. That's been my mentality
from the outset and it not going to change, but it's exciting to be
within touching distance.
"Playing four in a row is not something that I do scheduling-wise.
I've done it many times and I feel like by the fourth week, you're
hoping to play well, not knowing you can play well, at least for me. And
especially travelling through all these time zones, I'm kind of banking
on trying to freshen up and continue my good form and momentum in
"I think I'm focusing on if I win there, then Tommy is going to have
to play some good golf next week and in Dubai to beat me, and if he
does, hats off to him. I'll set my stall out, and I'll stick to it.
"I made the decision based on what I know works for me as a golfer,
and having been a pro for nearly 20 years, I kind of know what works for
me and what doesn't. I know that when I do play, I want to be ready and
prepared to play."
Rose is also conscious of not spending too much time away from his family.
"My decision was based around what works for me, and also family
commitments," he added.
"Being away from the kids for six weeks is not
something that I do. Some things aren't worth the sacrifice, and I
really try to be around my family as much as I can and I try to limit
the time away to three weeks.
"So those are some of the ways I try to run my life, and you need to
make decisions according to that. If I were young, single and could
carry on, it would be a much easier decision."