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Sunday 23 September 2018

Bjorn backed by Rose in Final Series row

Justin Rose. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty
Justin Rose. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

US OPEN champion Justin Rose is backing Tournament Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn to act as mediator in the disagreement between the players and the European Tour over the new FedExCup-style Final Series.

Last week former world number one Ernie Els described as "farcical" the rule that members must play in two of the three events leading up to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in order to be eligible for the last of the four Final Series tournaments.

Els said he would register his disapproval by skipping the $8million season-ending event in Dubai. Former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Ryder Cup stalwart Sergio Garcia have also said the regulations are asking too much of the players.

"This is the first time there has been this new system so I don't think anything is set in stone," world number five Rose said before the inaugural $7m Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.

"Quite clearly the sweet spot has not been found. Thomas is a very good sounding board. I don't want to call him the middle man but he acts really well between the players and the top executives of the tour.

"I think he has had quite a few conversations with guys in the last couple of weeks just to try and gauge where everybody's head is at and to try and come up with a great solution."

The Final Series, which consists of Turkey, Dubai and two big-money tournaments in Shanghai, is Europe's equivalent of the US PGA Tour's lucrative FedExCup play-off system.

Torrential rain and thunderstorms caused a three-hour delay to the start of the Turkish Airlines Open today. The bad weather started overnight and continued into mid-morning, leaving the course saturated.

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