Justin Rose has target on his back as world No 1 but kids and wife Kate are not too fussed

JUSTIN ROSE says he will have a huge target on his back after becoming World No 1.

The Englishman could land £8.8million at this week’s Tour Championship here in Atlanta before carrying Europe’s hopes in the Ryder Cup duel with the United States at the end of the month.

 Justin Rose knows he he is a marked man as No 1 in the world

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Justin Rose knows he he is a marked man as No 1 in the world

But Rose says his family made sure that new-found status did not go to his head, especially children Leo and Kate.

He explained: “All the players, without fail, have said ‘Congrats on getting to No 1’. They realise it’s a big milestone. It’s a moment in your career that you always remember and cherish.

“I’ve been able to have a glass of champagne over the weekend with a couple of close friends.

“The kids were happy for five minutes and then they’re on to the next thing. Kate gets caught up with her world, so nothing changes at home. I’m still No 2 or No 3 there.

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 Rose became world No 1 for the first time after his second place finish at the BMW Championship

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Rose became world No 1 for the first time after his second place finish at the BMW Championship

“And out here, I think it’s just more of a target on your back. It’s so tight that it could easily change again this week. But I would love to end the year as No 1, that is a big goal.”

Rose is second in the FedEx Cup standings and victory this week would guarantee him that £8.8m jackpot — £1.2m for the win and a £7.6m bonus as overall champion.

That sum will be dwarfed next year though. The prize fund for the elite 30 golfers slugging it out at East Lake will double to a staggering £53.2m — with the winner picking up an £11.4m bonus.

JUSTIN ROSE says he will have a huge target on his back after becoming World No 1.