Bjorn can restore peace between Tour and players, says Rose

Wed Nov 6, 2013 10:49am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. 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, who has been a member of the European circuit for almost two decades, said he would register his disapproval by skipping the $8 million season-ending event in Dubai.

Former U.S. 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 told reporters on the eve of the inaugural $7 million Turkish Airlines Open being staged in the city of 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 U.S. PGA Tour's lucrative FedExCup playoff system.   Continued...

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger