Justin Rose focused on making strong start to season in Hong Kong
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 21/11/17 1:44pm
Justin Rose is keen to move on from his near-miss on the Race to Dubai as he begins his new season at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
The Masters runner-up won back-to-back tournaments at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open to head to last week's DP World Tour Championship still with a chance of ending the year as European No 1.
Rose put pressure on leader Tommy Fleetwood with a strong start to the week in Dubai and topped the leaderboard with nine holes to go on Sunday, only to slip away with three bogeys on the back nine.
A final-hole birdie left the Englishman a shot short of Fleetwood in the Race to Dubai standings, with Rose looking to put that behind him in Hong Kong.
"I'm not going to stand here and look at one shot, and second-guess it because there were so many good shots that put me in that situation," Rose said on Tuesday. "It was definitely nearly the fairytale ending to the season.
"I think the near-misses are just part of the game. There have been a couple this year but I've had many moments where the difference between winning and losing is so small," the 37-year-old said.
"I could easily look at a couple of shots and say yeah I'd love to hit them again, but I think you just need to accept it. I certainly don't dwell on it."
The 37-year-old tees off alongside Chinese star Haotong Li and Sergio Garcia - who finished tied-fourth in Dubai - for the opening two rounds, with Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick also featuring at Hong Kong GC.
Rose is making his fourth appearance in the event and his third in as many years, having pipped Lucas Bjerregaard to victory in Fanling in 2015.
"It's nice to turn over a new leaf or a new page and start the 2018 season and lead the Race to Dubai after this week," Rose added. "One week too late but that would be nice.
"I've played this golf course well and I haven't played it well at times, I think, when I've got a little bit impatient because this course tempts you to hit driver.
"Great to have Tommy (Fleetwood) here, especially after his Race to Dubai win, clearly Sergio (Garcia), and myself. It's always a strong week and a strong field."
Watch the UBS Hong Kong Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports Golf. Live coverage begins on Thursday from 6am.