Only three players can win this week's European Tour's Race to Dubai

Nedbank Golf Challenge- Day One

Nedbank Golf Challenge- Day One

But Garcia seems more preoccupied with bedding in new equipment as he switches manufacturer at the end of a season in which he won his first major title.

Garcia, of course, won the Masters in April and then went on to lift to Andalucia Valderrama Masters in October.

The European Tour season concludes this week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and three men are in the running to become Europe's number one.

But the 37-year-old does not believe he is on a mission to ruin an all-English party.

"We felt that needed changing from a player scheduling perspective as well as a purely competitive and level-playing field standpoint". It is as simple as that.

Doesn't say much for European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley's lucrative Rolex Series, does it?

The only change a first Race to Dubai trophy would bring is a great year would transition to an "amazing" one. The great Sandy Lyle - arguably the most naturally gifted of his peers - won in 1979 and 1980, years before his major triumphs at Sandwich and Augusta.

"I guess it's probably not one of my favourite golf courses that we play all year", he said.

"The only thing I can do is go out there and play the best I can and try to win".

Garcia has no idea what he must do this week to finish No. 1.

Then there is the equipment issue, which may also compromise his performance this week.

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Garcia will be experimenting with Callaway's clubs and ball after the end of his 15-year agreement with Taylormade.

Despite his upbeat sentiment it is a tricky adjustment, particularly with regard to distance control, before such a big event.

Dubai is a tournament that I really want. "I'm excited not only for myself but for them and now there are three good weeks to test it and see how I feel". There are effectively two main prizes on offer this week: the DP World Tour Championship title and the Race to Dubai crown.

Fleetwood has had the season of his life, winning the Abu Dhabi Championship in January before wrapping up the Open de France in July.

Rose put himself in the picture with his recent wins in Shanghai and Turkey.

Tyrrell Hatton accounted for two of those with his back-to-back triumphs at the Alfred Dunhill Links and Italian Open. "You know them from junior golf and you've grown up with them".

Another member of this generation is this week's defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, 23, who won September's European Masters in Switzerland.

"We are all playing against each other", the Sheffield youngster said. "I don't think its easy because you know everyone, you know how they are as people and players and you're always watching out for how they're doing. Many thanks for your support and best wishes".

Watch out Fleetwood, the in-form Rose is hot on your heels!

To be totally honest, I see a two per cent chance of me winning the Race to Dubai, but I'm fine with it.

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