DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – There was a time when being European No. 1 was a giant deal. Appears these days are lengthy gone, if Sergio Garcia’s angle is something to go by.

The Spaniard can finish the 12 months as Europe’s high participant if he wins this week’s $eight million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Garcia should win and hope present No. 1 Tommy Fleetwood finishes exterior the highest 12, and No. 2 Justin Rose finishes fourth or worse.

Garcia actually couldn’t care much less.

“Successful the Race to Dubai is nice however I’m not going to alter my entire life for it,” Garcia mentioned. “I’m glad ending second, third or fourth or no matter.”

Perhaps that’s what occurs whenever you win your first main. Garcia’s Masters victory is considered one of his three wins on the 2016-17 European Tour schedule in opposition to two every for Fleetwood and Rose. Garcia may have utilized some stress if he’d teed it up within the earlier two occasions, the $7 million Turkish Airways Open and $7.5 Nedbank Golf Problem, however he was too busy.

“I had some essential issues that I wanted to care for,” he mentioned.

Doesn’t say a lot for European Tour chief government Keith Pelley’s profitable Rolex Sequence, does it? The eight-tournament collection was supposed to draw Europe’s elite on a extra constant foundation.

Garcia has no thought what he should do that week to complete No. 1.

“I don’t even know,” he admitted. “It doesn’t actually hassle me. … I’m going to go on the market and attempt to do what I do each week, which is to play the perfect I can play and provides myself the most suitable choice of successful. I can’t management what different individuals do.

“I see a 2-percent probability of me successful the Race to Dubai, however I’m tremendous with it. I can stay with it. It’s been an ideal 12 months, and that’s not going to alter.”

Ending European No. 1 is up to now down the precedence listing he’s making an attempt out new tools. After 15 years with TaylorMade, Garcia is testing Callaway golf equipment for his final occasion of the 12 months in preparation for altering tools offers.

Wonderful what a significant victory can do to a participant’s priorities. Or perhaps the highest golfers actually do earn an excessive amount of cash?