Big Opening for Rose in Portugal

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European TourVILAMOURA, Portugal -- As the European Tour season winds down, the race for the Order of Merit title heats up.
 
The top two players on the money list -- Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington -- will not be in the field this week at the Portugal Masters. Which leaves No. 3 Justin Rose with a good chance to pass them to take over the top spot with just two events remaining.
 
'My goals were to play well in the majors and get into the top 20 in the world. I've done that, so now I guess it would be to win a tournament and the Order of Merit,' Rose told the European Tour.
 
Two other players in this week's field -- Retief Goosen and Andres Romero -- have very outside chances to take over No. 1 on the Order of Merit as well.
 
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds. Next week is the Mallorca Classic, which was won by Niclas Fasth last year.
 
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