Justin Rose is 18 holes away from the most remarkable win in the history of the European Open’s Race to Dubai, taking a two-stroke lead into the final 18 holes of the DP World Championship on Sunday.
Rose shot a 65 to take a 1-stroke lead over playing partner Jon Rahm along with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli, who had the lowest score of the week with a 63.
Interestingly enough, Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood has crept within two strokes of the lead. If he finishes ahead of Rose, he will win the title.
“You couldn’t have scripted it much better,” Rose said after a round containing seven birdies and a crucial par save on the 18th, where his approach found the water in front of the green.
“Tommy’s last two rounds have been incredible and he is right there should I make any kind of mistake. He is doing everything he has to do and I’m doing the same, so it’s perfectly set up for Sunday.
Fleetwood is eager to win but just as eager to see the drama play out on Sunday.
“I will be gutted if I don’t win, but made up for Justin because he will deserve it,” Fleetwood said. “It’s been an absolute pleasure trying to win a Race to Dubai coming down these last few weeks.
“It’s a massive thing, the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to achieve. I was in contention in the U.S. Open and in (the WGC event) in Mexico, but they were like one or two rounds. This has been all year and it’s come down to the final event.