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BMW Masters talking points

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From golf uniting to pay its respects to Paris to what Kristoffer Broberg's victory means for the Race to Dubai, we look back at five talking points from the BMW Masters. 

The Race hots up

While last year's Race to Dubai was done and dusted long before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, this time around sees seven players heading to Dubai with a mathematical chance of topping the standings.

Although Danny Willett was unable to take advantage of Rory McIlroy's absence from Shanghai and move top of the standings, a tied-28th finish means he's now fewer than 2,000 points off the defending champion with one tournament to go.

Rose is also well placed for a late bid after another top-10 finish in China, while Shane Lowry and South African duo Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen are all within a million points of the lead.

Throw in outsider Byeong Hun An, who could mathematically sneak above McIlroy by the smallest of margins with an unlikely win in Dubai, and it's all set for a drama-filled final week of the 2015 season - live on Sky Sports 4.

Rookie rivalry

An's hopes of Race to Dubai glory may be somewhat unlikely, but the Korean is certainly now in a strong position to be crowned the European Tour's rookie of the year.

A top-three finish in Shanghai was his seventh top-10 in an impressive 2015, with the BMW PGA Champion now seventh in the R2D standings heading in to the final week of the year.

His biggest challenge for the Sir Henry Cotton award is likely to come from Matt Fitzpatrick, who has been one of the Tour's most consistent performers since graduating from Q-School last autumn and won last month's British Masters.

Will An's higher ranking see him take victory or should the title go to the man with more top-10s than any other in 2015? We'll find out at the Tour's Dubai finale. 

Poignant for Paris

There was a sombre atmosphere over the weekend, as golf joined the rest of the sporting world in uniting to pay tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in France on Friday evening. 

All seven Frenchman in the 78-man field agreed to wear black as a mark of respect during the third round, while a number of other players and caddies wore black ribbons on their hats.

The tournament stopped for a minute's silence during the final round, with players taking off their hats and bowing their heads when tournament officials blew the horns normally used to stop play for bad weather.

Benjamin Hebert, who had written 'Pray for Paris' on his cap, summed up the mood of after finishing six under for the tournament. He said: ''You realise there's so much more important than golf."

Ton up for Swedish success

It turned out to be a landmark week for Swedish golf, with Kristoffer Broberg's surprise victory in Shanghai the 100th win by a Swede in European Tour history.

Broberg's maiden title came by sinking a 12-foot birdie at the first extra play-off hole, seeing off Patrick Reed to join Alex Noren and Rikard Karlberg in reaching the winner's circle this season.

The 29-year-old had looked in danger of missing the top-60 cut-off for this week's season-finale, but has parachuted up to 11th in the R2D standings ahead of compatriot Henrik Stenson.

Stenson continued his strong form with a tied-third finish and will now look to end the season with a victory for a third season running on, aiming to follow on from victories in Dubai in 2013 and 2014. 

Close finish on the CME

Inbee Park has lost her position as world No 1 and the Race to the CME Globe leader in recent weeks, but the South Korean wasted little time in closing the gap on Lydia Ko at the top of both standings. 

A three-shot win in Mexico this week closed the gap on Ko in both rankings list, with Park now one of three players who can guarantee winning the season-long standings by taking the title at this week's Tour Championship. 

Despite five wins, two majors to complete a career Grand Slam and a stint top of the world, Park is likely to need a repeat performance to move above Ko and prevent her from defending her title.

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