Justin Rose faces a major battle to retain his position as the world's No 1 golfer

  • Justin Rose faces a major battle to retain his status as world No 1
  • The £9.5million prize on offer in Atlanta will give the winner a major boost
  • Players will inevitably be struggling with injuries at this stage of the season
  • Tommy Fleetwood among the debutants to have enjoyed impressive campaign
  • Veterans Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have had a gruelling schedule

By DEREK LAWRENSON FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 17:30 EDT, 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 EDT, 17 September 2018

With a potential payday of £9.5million on Sunday, the conclusion of the PGA Tour season in Atlanta clearly has plenty on offer to concentrate the minds of the 17 players in the 30-man field who will then move on to the Ryder Cup in France.

For the rest of us, however, it will be hard not to view the Tour Championship at East Lake, which begins on Thursday, through a Parisian prism.

Here are five things to look for at the stroke-play event that could have a direct bearing on the match-play tussle next week.

Justin Rose faces a major battle to retain his position as the world's No 1 golfer
Justin Rose faces a major battle to retain his position as the world’s No 1 golfer

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