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Justin Rose attempting to close gap on Rory McIlroy in Race to Dubai

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The final few tournaments of 2015 have seen some immaculate golf played on the European Tour, with the exquisite Frenchman Victor Dubuisson taking the Turkish Airlines Open trophy and Scotsman Russell Knox securing his maiden victory on Tour at last week's WGC - HSBC Champions event.

This week the penultimate event of the Race to Dubai makes its way to Shanghai, with the European Tour's elite taking to the stage in order to make up some vital ground on world number three Rory McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman has opted to not take part in the event in Shanghai, which has opened the door for a number of players to propel themselves to the top of the standings with a win this week. Danny Willet, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose are all proven winners on tour and can thrive under these circumstances.

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The top 60 in the Race to Dubai after this event will be eligible to play in next week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Marcus Fraser currently holds the final position for next week's tournament, but there are many other players giving the Australian sleepless nights.

A name that hasn't been mentioned is the ice cool Swede, Henrik Stenson. Stenson has had a remarkable 2015 season, playing well, yet at the same time failing to win a single tournament.

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Statistics not enough

Stenson has put up some tremendous statistics this year, most notably his green in regulation percentage. He has hit 79.29% of greens in regulations this year. according to statistics from EuropeanTour.com, a statistic matched only by McIlroy, who is at 79.4%.

But, as we all know, golf is not about how many shots it takes to get to the green, it is how many it takes to get the ball in the hole. This is the reason Stenson has not won on tour this year, with the Swede recording his worst average putt record since 2001.

Justin Rose will be looking to make it two wins in a row on Chinese soil after winning his first event of the year at the UBS Hong Kong Open two weeks ago.

The Englishman has a formidable record at Lake Malaren Golf Club, with a sixth place finish here last year and a fourth-place finish in the event in 2012. The course is no stranger to Rose and an impressive week could fire him well into Race to Dubai contention.

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