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The Most Successful Joint Venture in IT History

first_imgThat’s how we, as co-Chairs of the VCE Board, think about VCE. We may be a bit biased, but we’re confident many others agree based on the tremendous success of VCE’s Vblock converged infrastructure (CI). In fact, we created the notion of CI with Vblock, and VCE has held the #1 position for as long as the analyst firms have been tracking it.Given today’s news about EMC and Cisco jointly agreeing to change the structure of VCE going forward, we’d like to reflect back on its success and what is driving this change now.Rewind to 2007 when Cisco was first entering the server business. We began discussions around the best ways to deliver to customers the best-of-breed technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware into a single engineered solution that would pretty much be plug-and-play for customers.Over the course of the following two years, we challenged our teams and ourselves to come up with the best way to commercialize our vision and serve customers. There were the usual traditional resale and meet-in-the-channel programs, but we felt this could be a much bigger idea. In the end, we concluded that this was the time to be bold, which led to the initial formation of the JV on October 30, 2009 now known as VCE. We say now known because the original JV was called Acadia, based on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) services and then a Reference Architecture (RA). But as any nimble startup does, you pivot your great idea to what customers truly want and value – and in this case it was a product, not BOT services or RA’s. So VCE and the Vblock were born and the rest is truly history! Consider these facts about VCE’s Vblock:More than 2,000 deployed to dateSix consecutive quarters of greater than 50% year-over-year growth#1 position for integrated infrastructure systems for two years runningIDC study: VCE customers are able to deploy new services five times faster, reduce downtime by 96%, and lower their annual datacenter costs by 50% with Vblock systems.So what made this JV so successful? We’d like to think it was our combined market understanding concerning what customers truly wanted, our sincere partnership and enduring friendship. All of those things are true, but it all starts and ends with the best technologies, combined with a maniacal focus on the customer experience and tremendous execution by talented teams. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved since its inception – with a special thanks and congratulations to the current team led by CEO Praveen Akkiraju.So why the change now? Because the best time to change and transform is when you’re at the top of your game. The industry continues to move fast and evolve, and we want VCE to continue to grow and succeed in this environment. It’s time for VCE to broaden its horizon and help customers in their journey to the Hybrid Cloud. This has been our focus and we will accelerate our support to our customers.  We also want to signal to our customers that VCE is going to be around for the long haul. And Cisco’s commitment to VCE continues in the form of a multi-year resale, support and engineering agreement. The partnership remains strong and VCE will be a vibrant channel for Cisco technologies going forward. In essence, we started with a JV structure that has been wildly successful, so now it’s time to show commitment for the long term in a way that fits the business models of EMC and Cisco well.It’s been a fun, thrilling and rewarding ride for both of us, but most importantly for our customers, partners and the VCE team. We would like to thank all of them for the confidence they have shown and allowing us to play a meaningful role in changing the industry!last_img read more

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Government Negotiator with FARC is Optimistic

first_imgBy Dialogo September 11, 2012 Humberto De la Calle, the Colombian government’s team leader at the negotiating table to begin peace talks with the FARC guerrillas, expressed moderate optimism over the outcome of the process, which he described as different from the previous ones and with the potential of encouraging some hope. “There are elements that induce moderate optimism (…) we know the difficulty of the negotiations of this nature (…) we wouldn’t want an excessive delirious optimism to generate an unreal situation,” De la Calle said to the daily El Tiempo, in Bogotá, on September 9. For the leader of Juan Manuel Santos’s government negotiating team, “there are new conditions, the process is new, and it is different from before. In that sense, hope can be encouraged that this negotiation will work, but it appears to me that excessive promises should not be made.” “We will make the best effort, but at this time the outcome is still unpredictable,” he added. De la Calle estimated that the peace process would be different from previous experiences, in the sense that “the negotiations are outside the country; there is no demilitarized territory and there is no cessation of military operations”. He added, “The international environment is also different. There is a desire in all of Latin America to achieve peace in Colombia. And the Military correlation is also different. It is indisputable that today’s Military Forces have collected successes that generate an impact on the relationship with the guerrillas.” De la Calle served as vice president under Ernesto Samper, between 1994 and 1996, and was appointed on September 5, by Santos as chief negotiator, who will initiate a dialogue of peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), on October 8. The group of government spokespeople is also made up of the Sergio Jaramillo, national security adviser; former peace commissioner Frank Pearl; Luis Carlos Villegas, president of the National Association of Private Industrialists (ANDI); and retired Army Generals Jorge Mora and Oscar Naranjo, of the Police. The negotiating table will begin in Oslo on October 8, and later continue in Havana. Two of the FARC negotiators include Iván Márquez, member of the secretariat (leadership), and Jesús Santrich, a member of the general staff of the rebel group.last_img read more

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5 ways to secure your remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Over the past few weeks, many businesses have made changes to their operations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, including implementing work-from-home policies. With changing work environments, businesses are facing new security challenges, including securing remote workforces. The following best practices will help your institution stay secure and prevent cybersecurity breaches as employees work outside of their normal office environment.Understand Your TechnologyWhen moving your employees to remote work environments, it’s important to consider the technology required for a secure workforce as detailed in your business continuity plan, including secure internet and virtual private networks (VPN). Your institution should test your system requirements and bandwidth before full implementation to prevent the risk of overloading the system. Changing work environments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic also highlight the risks associated with network security. In the past, your network was within your company and protected by your firewall and data connections, but that may no longer be the case. Before moving to remote work, your institution should understand network security vulnerabilities and which types of controls are needed to secure those connections.Avoid Quick Plans for Remote Data AccessOne of the largest security risk areas during the pandemic is remote data access. As employees leave the office to work remotely, your organization should review data access to provide the ability for uninterrupted work. However, remember that enabling access is accompanied with certain risks. Some organizations have made the mistake of enabling data access in a non-secure way, thus exposing vulnerabilities that would not have existed otherwise. As your organization adapts to remote work, avoid hasty plans to make all data accessible, including migrating all data to the cloud. Before enabling remote access, think strategically about how to leverage your current capabilities and enable additional access in a secure way.last_img read more

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Agency 2004: UK professional firms compared

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Joe Biden weighs VP options under shadow of COVID-19 fight

first_imgSome outsiders have speculated about Biden picking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been widely praised for his stewardship during the crisis, but the former vice president is unlikely to stray from his commitment to pick a woman as his running mate.New York governor Andrew Cuomo (Bloomberg/-)Biden’s pledge to choose a woman eased the Democrats’ hand-wringing that came when, despite a large and diverse candidate field, they eventually chose a 77-year-old white man and Washington insider as their nominee. All the other usual factors will be considered, too — who can help him win a region or a demographic, who doesn’t have a scandal lurking in her past, and who is, in his words, “simpatico” with him and his style of governing.Biden faces this choice in a vastly different political landscape than when he entered the race, or even since his decisive win in South Carolina catapulted him to front-runner status. The markets have taken a beating, tens of millions of people are out of work and voters fear another wave of the virus in the fall, before election day. “He knows exactly what it will feel like to have a partner, not just a running mate, not someone who is politically convenient or would make for a good profile but someone who he can trust,” said Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Biden’s home state, and a close ally.“He’s looking for someone who is soulful, whip-smart, capable, compatible and who will really be able to step in and play that right-hand partner role from day one.”The vetting process has traditionally begun with lawyers combing through publicly available information about a large group of candidates. A smaller group are then asked to provide private records and most move on to interview with the candidate.In 2016, about 20 people began the process in April, 10 made it to the next round in June, and nominee Hillary Clinton interviewed several finalists before selecting Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running-mate. Washington lawyer James Hamilton has led the process for every Democratic nominee since Al Gore in 2000.“He should consider who helps make the best team that sends the message to the American people that this is the team that can get us back on track, this is the team that’s going to give us competence versus the incompetence of Trump and Pence,” said Democratic strategist Karen Finney, who was Kaine’s communications director in 2016.The new calculations have put a lot of attention on Whitmer, 48, who has been one of the most visible governors during the crisis. Michigan is a crucial swing state that Trump won by 0.23 percent in 2016, and when she fought for more federal assistance last month, she was dismissed by the president as “that woman from Michigan.” That rallied Biden and other national Democrats to her defense.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (left) speaks onstage alongside Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan on March 9, 2020. (Agence France Presse/Mandel Ngan)A test of her rapport with Biden came in a 20-minute podcast conversation between the two earlier this week. In it, Biden described her as “one of the most talented people in the country in my view” and asked her about things they have in common, including a willingness to work with Republicans. Without in-person events for the foreseeable future, virtual interactions such as the podcast are the Biden campaign’s best shot at testing his chemistry with potential running mates.Worse Than 1933?A Michigan Democrat who is close to Whitmer and requested anonymity to speak candidly about the process said Whitmer would be a strong running mate but questions whether she would be selected if the pandemic is still wreaking havoc on her state and demanding her attention.Even before the crisis, Biden made clear he would pick a running mate who could immediately step into the presidency should his good health suddenly turn or, as he’s suggested, if he gets struck by lightning. The threat of an infectious disease around the world only amplifies the importance of his choice.“Everybody will mouth that you have to be able to step into the job and I think Biden will take that particularly seriously because of his age,” said John Podesta, who, as Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, helped her pick Kaine.Biden has suggested that the problems he would inherit in January 2021 could be worse than those Franklin D. Roosevelt faced in 1933. Therefore, his vice president is likely to be given a large workload that will require significant trust and independence from the president, just as Biden got from President Barack Obama in 2009 to oversee the automobile industry bailout and the distribution of stimulus money after the 2008 financial crisis.“His experience in 2009 will be really fresh in his mind as he thinks about finding a partner who could take on that kind of work,” said Liz Allen, a former White House communications aide who traveled with Biden to construction sites and firehouses across the country as the recovery act was implemented. Although he and Obama didn’t know each other particularly well at the start of the administration, “trust and transparency were already there between them,” she said.In this moment, “executive experience and particularly crisis experience is probably something that the public would gravitate to,” Podesta said, which is likely to help the prospects of any governors or other executives he considers. Despite his desire to find a running mate with whom he’d have the same close personal and professional relationship he had with Obama over eight years, electoral considerations will still be at play, Podesta added.“He will have a unique perspective having been vice president and will be thinking about working in the White House with this person but that does not mean that the number one criteria won’t be who would help me get elected and who will hurt me in my quest to get elected,” Podesta said.What About Kamala Harris?Biden also faces significant pressure to choose a woman of color from prominent supporters and activists, like Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement just before his state’s primary breathed new life into the campaign, and civil rights icon and Georgia Representative John Lewis.Harris, just the second black female US senator, is seen as a top contender. When she joined Biden at a video fundraiser on Wednesday, he alluded to bringing her into his administration. “I’m so lucky to have you as part of this partnership going forward because I think working together we can make a great deal of difference and the biggest thing we can do is making Donald Trump a one term president,” he said.Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (AFP/Win McNamee/Getty Images)But some in Biden’s orbit, including his wife, Jill, are wary of Harris after her debate-stage attack last summer on Biden’s record on school busing and because Harris’s team was aggressive in trying to place negative stories about him in the press. Biden has said he’s moved on, but Jill Biden was still talking about it in public as recently as March, when she described Harris’ words as a “punch to the gut,” in part because Harris was close with Biden’s late son Beau.If Biden doesn’t choose a woman of color, he must remind voters of his commitment to diversity other ways, Finney said. “He’ll need to stress that regardless of who he picks, he will have an administration that reflects the broad diversity of our country,” including his pledge to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court.A number of women remain in the mix for the number two spot. Klobuchar has made no secret of her interest in the job. Her chances could be helped by a bit of misfortune — her husband was hospitalized in March with the coronavirus but has since recovered – that could help her connect with other affected families.Other senators likely to get a close look include Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen both of New Hampshire. Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader will also be on his list. And Biden has said that he would consider Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general fired by Trump. Topics :center_img Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is in the earliest stages of choosing a running mate who can help him defeat President Donald Trump in November, a decision complicated by the effects of the coronavirus crisis on the country and the campaign.Biden, who is far behind Trump in fund-raising and hamstrung by social distancing rules, is preparing to begin his vetting process in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the plans. Yet alongside the usual political considerations, he will have to add a new criteria for the candidates: Who can best address the challenges of the coronavirus era.High profile senators — and former presidential candidates — Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren are all sure to get consideration. Yet the crisis has also raised the profile of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who Biden has said he was watching closely even before the pandemic struck.last_img read more

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Dutch regulator to survey costs of asset management

first_imgIt is also interested in how scheme boards factor in asset management costs to their investment decisions.The regulator made clear that its focus for mortgage investments would be on managing and estimating risk, including liquidity and credit risk as well as the risk of mortgages being paid off early.Pension funds must also show whether they are sufficiently familiar with the different ways of management, such as an investment fund and a collective mandate, the regulator said.DNB will also assess whether the interests of pension funds and providers are aligned.DNB explained that it wanted to gain an insight into how pension funds pay attention to digitalisation and IT risks as well as – in case of consolidation – transformation risk in their administration.The supervisor further said that it would select a number of pension funds and providers for self-assessment on their cyber security.Last year, a self-assessment of IT risk at the €18bn asset manager SPF Beheer revealed 33 areas for improvement. Dutch supervisor DNB is to scrutinise the costs of asset management and mortgage investments through on-site visits at pension funds and their asset managers.In a newsletter, it said that it would also assess the robustness of pensions administration and schemes’ cyber security measures.According to the watchdog, its surveys come in addition to its regular investigations into investments, governance, and business models.DNB said it wanted to get an insight into pension funds’ frameworks for establishing costs as well as their arrangements with their asset and fiduciary managers.last_img read more

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ATP Cup: Unbeaten Serbia through to quarters

first_img Read Also:Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer “Sydney’s got a big Serbian community, hopefully the support can be as good as it was here, even better. “It’s a team competition, it’s how I personally treat it, and that’s how it feels for all of us, so having that journey through various places in Australia together feels like a World Cup to us a little bit.” Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic said Wednesday that the ATP Cup was the ideal preparation for his bid to win an eighth Australian Open crown. Speaking after Serbia beat Chile 2-1 to remain unbeaten after the round-robin stage, Djokovic said he wasn’t fazed by having to play three top players in a row to start the season. Novak Djokovic says the ongoing ATP Cup was providing ideal preparation for the forthcoming Australian Open Djokovic made it three singles wins from three with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Cristian Garin, the world number 33, to win the tie for Serbia after Dusan Lajovic earlier beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (7⁄2). Jarry and Alejandro Tabilo salvaged some pride for Chile when they beat Viktor Troicki and Nikola Cacic in the doubles 6-3, 7-6 (7⁄2). “I’ve never minded, to be honest, to face tough adversity from the blocks and have high-intensity matches from day one of the season,” Djokovic, a 16-time grand slam winner, said. “I had Kevin Anderson who was playing some extraordinary tennis. I thought it was the toughest match I’ve played here in Brisbane. “And again against (Gael) Monfils, even though it was straight sets, it was still a lot of rallies and it was quite long and exhausting. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img “I really am really happy with the challenges that I’ve had in the last six, seven days here, and hopefully that can allow me to build my form for Sydney and Melbourne later.” Serbia now travel to Sydney, where they will take on the eighth-ranked team in the quarter-finals and Djokovic said he expected to have even more support from Serbian fans there than in Brisbane. “I’m enjoying it – I enjoy the fact that we will actually go to a different city together, travel today, practice there tomorrow, play in a different environment,” he said. Loading… last_img read more

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Leicester boss welcomes Chelsea FA Cup draw

first_imgLeicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers was pleased to draw Chelsea at home for their FA Cup quarter-final. Rodgers and Vardy The Foxes booked their place in the last-eight with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City at the King Power on Wednesday. “We’re happy to be at home and we’re happy to be in it, which is important,” he said. “That was the idea for tonight.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith “At this stage of the competitions, you’re going to come across really good teams, so we’re delighted to be at home. Read Also:Iheanacho reacts after Leicester City progress into FA Cup quarter-final “It’ll be a good game. Whoever we got, it was going to be a tough game. Chelsea had a great result and a really good performance. We’ll relish the game at home and we’ll be fighting to get to Wembley.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Meyer adds to Sport Compact lead in Park Jefferson standings

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 29) – A quick evening of spectacular driving highlighted the Memorial Day weekend for IMCA race fans Sunday at Raceway Park.The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107 IMCA Sport Compact division where point leader Ramsey Meyer took advantage of a mechanical glitch in the car of early leader Luke Jackson to move into the lead on the fifth lap. While Jake Newsom kept the pressure on to the checkers, Meyer held on for the win followed by Newsom and Tyler Thompson.The Car Quest Hobby Stock division ran its 14-lap feature clean from the drop of the green flag to the checkered. The early laps saw a fantastic side-by-side duel between Brody Spreng and Dave Riley, with Riley taking control of the lead coming out of the fourth turn on the ninth lap. From there to the checkers it was all Riley. Spreng held on for second followed by Gavin Gilbertson.The MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature was next on tap. The start of the race saw a fantastic move by Rusty Montagne through the middle coming out of the second turn to take the lead from his third row starting spot. After a caution with 12 to go for debris, Montagne held off a charging Karl Brewer to the checkered flag for the win, followed by point leader Todd Boulware.The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Car feature was an up and down, yo-yo ride for many drivers. Jason Ward charged on the low side into the lead in the early laps only to drop out due to mechanical troubles with 11 laps remaining.At around the same time, point leader Chris Mills pulled into the pits with a flat tire, putting him to the rear of the field for the restart. Mel Elsberry held the field at bay as the feature progressed, but as he was controlling the feature, Mills had worked his way back through the field to second when a caution flew for a spinning car with two laps remaining.On the restart, Elsberry held off a wild pack consisting of Mills and Travis Barker the rest of the way to the checkers.The final race of the evening was a 20-lapper for the Total Motors IMCA Modifieds. Jim Cole shot by the front row starters by lap two to take the lead, closely followed by Jason Schneiders, Ricky Stephan, Bob Moore and Jim Thies.A crash on the back stretch on a restart with 12 laps remaining took Moore, Dan Loggins and Sean Barragan out of contention. The race to the checkers went to Cole, who picked up his first win of the season followed by point leader Stephan who came from an outside fifth row start. Schneiders was third.last_img read more

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Justin Rose eyeing Race to Dubai title at DP World Tour Championship

first_imgJustin Rose rates his season worthy of a B-plus or A-minus at the moment, but believes he can earn an upgrade with victory in the DP World Tour Championship and a second Race to Dubai title. Press Association “If I played like I did this year, next year, maybe that would result in one or two major championships. For m e it’s about consistency and if I continue to put myself in that position, then the door is going to open for me. “This year I’ve been beaten a couple of times by record-breaking performances; Jason Day was 20 under at the PGA and Jordan (Spieth) 18 under at the Masters. It’s taken record-breaking performances to prevent me from winning. I felt like I did all the right things to give myself a chance to win this year, so I just need to continue to do that next year, and you sometimes can’t force the victory. It just needs to happen.” Stenson is seeking a third consecutive victory in Dubai but a first win of a season that has produced five runners-up finishes and five other top 10s. “It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year and I’m excited about the opportunity to make it three in a row,” the 39-year-old Swede said. ” It’s not going to be easy, I know that much. “I’ve got 59 other players who want to stop me dearly and I’m just going to go out and try and make the same plan and hopefully play somewhat close to what I’ve done the previous two years, and we’ll see if we can give it a shot. “I think it’s going to be difficult to win a tournament like this no matter how the (Race to Dubai) standings are, but of course it’s going to maybe even make those boys focus a bit more because it’s all-or-nothing, they have to win to have a chance for the overall title. “It might make them try a little harder, but I guess it can backfire if you’re trying too hard, as well.” But Rose is confident his recent victory in Hong Kong and his own course form in Dubai – he has finished second, 10th and second in the last three years – gives him the chance to claim a second money list title. ” I fancy my chances,” said Rose, who finished top of the Order of Merit in 2007. “Rory pipped me in 2012 when I remember being two ahead playing the last and made birdie. There are very few times you play the last two ahead and make birdie and lose. Rory was a few holes behind and birdied the last five to win. ” Obviously he has a great record. Henrik Stenson (defending champion) has a great record here. I would say me, Rory and Henrik, all of us have played incredibly well at this venue the last few years. “There’s a pretty fair chance that one of us is going to be there on Sunday and obviously we are all hoping it’s going to be the right guy from our own point of view. Whoever wins is going to still have to play their best golf. “F or me, it’s a pretty simple equation. I need to go out and pretty much win the tournament and if I do that, it could be a great week. There’s probably more pressure because I have to win, but it’s a much more simple equation. T hose guys (McIlroy and second-placed Danny Willett) are going to have to keep their eye on one another because there’s a scenario where they could finish 20th and 25th and pick up the Race to Dubai.” Rose has won once on the PGA Tour and once on the European Tour this season, but can count himself unlucky not to have claimed a second major title after brilliant performances in the Masters and US PGA Championship. Asked to give himself a mark for the season, Rose said: ” I think having won in Hong Kong, I think it goes up to certainly the B-plus, A-minus range. ” My play in the major championships I think was probably a highlight. I think I was maybe fourth all-time low score in the majors combined and that’s something to be proud of. In the Masters, Open Championship and the PGA Championship, I had a chance to win on Sunday. Rose is one of seven players in contention to end the season as European number one, although the former US Open champion needs to finish second or better in Dubai to have a chance of overhauling Rory McIlroy. Even a second European Tour title of the season at Jumeirah Golf Estates would not be enough if McIlroy, who has never finished outside the top 11 in six appearances, finished alone in second. last_img read more

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