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Justin Rose’s intercontinental commute will only be worth it if he contends in Hong Kong

21 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Justin Rose’s intercontinental commute will only be worth it if he contends in Hong Kong

The Englishman is aiming to improve his Race to Dubai position, while compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick can claim successive European Tour titles

The 7,000-mile, 18-hour jaunt from California to Fanling will only be worthwhile if Justin Rose contends at the UBS Hong Kong Open this week.

Receiving a six-figure appearance fee is nice, obviously, but the golfer who has earned more than €18m in prize money on the European Tour alone is hardly in need of the additional income.

Rose says he added the $2m event – the last regular one of the 2015 season – to his schedule to improve his chances of winning the Race to Dubai.

Currently fifth in the standings, a victory would move the Englishman closer to leader Rory McIlroy, who is just under 800,000 points ahead.

McIlroy returns to action at the Turkish Airlines Open next week – the first of the Tour’s four-tournament, season-ending Final Series and an event Rose is not scheduled to play.

So an indifferent performance this week will not suffice if the 2013 US Open champion is to usurp the Northern Irishman and top the order of merit for the second time.

Not that Rose, one of the sport’s fiercest competitors, is likely to.

The world No. 7 only played at the Frys.com Open last week because he was required to do so.

That was due to a long-standing agreement with the PGA Tour, who ordered that Rose – plus the seven other relevant participants – compete in the event within three years of them sanctioning their appearance in the 2012 Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

Despite that, Rose performed impressively, shooting three rounds in the sixties before eventually tying for sixth.

The 35-year-old missed the cut on his last appearance in Hong Kong four years ago, but will enjoy the test at Hong Kong Golf Club, which boasts a 6,699-yard, narrow and tree-lined course.

And the player who has recorded top-six finishes at this season’s US PGA Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Open Championship and Masters is 6/1 to win his first Tour title since last year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Another Englishman likely to contend is Matt Fitzpatrick, who tees up for the first time since winning his maiden professional title at the British Masters two weeks ago.

Fitzpatrick has enjoyed a superb rookie season on Tour – recording more top-three finishes (five) than any other player – and should enjoy his debut at this tournament, too.

The 21-year-old, who is seventh and ninth respectively in greens in regulation and driving accuracy, has the necessary attributes to flourish on a track that rewards accuracy.

A fiercely driven golfer, Fitzpatrick will also not be overawed by his first paid-ranks victory and is 16/1 to claim his second in as many starts.

Other picks this week include Americans Dustin Johnson (8/1) and Patrick Reed (16/1), who are spending their US off-season boosting their profile – and bank balances – by teeing up in Asia.

The veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez, meanwhile, has won this tournament three times in its last eight editions and is an enticing 22/1.

But the Spaniard, like Johnson and Reed, must overcome the class of either Rose or Fitzpatrick to triumph this week.

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