Justin Rose goes up against the world's best this weekend when he takes to the field in the Cisco World Match Play Championship at Wentworth.

The Fleet-based 22-year-old faces tough opposition right from the start with former US Masters champion Vijay Singh standing in his way in the first round on Thursday, then possible duels with former US Open champion Retief Goosen and current British Open champion Ernie Els.

Rose, who has already claimed four tournament victories to date this season including the British Masters at Woburn, took part in the Trophee Lancome in Paris last weekend, where he finished a disappointing 68th and he will know more than anyone that his game is now in need of something extra for this weekend's tournament.

"I am just looking for that spark. I need that ‘X' factor to get me going again," said Rose, whose father Ken died last month after a long battle with leukaemia.

"I have played in the Volvo PGA Championship twice at Wentworth and there will be others who know the course better than I do, but I do enjoy playing it.

"All the matches are going to be tough, but it's match play and anything can happen. I will be going in with all guns blazing.

"Playing at the World Match Play is something I have always dreamed about. Being so close to home makes it special. There will be a lot of family and friends there to watch me."

Making their first appearance in the World Match Play alongside the young Hampshire golfer will be Michael Campbell from New Zealand, Fred Funk from the States and Canadian Mike Weir.

However, if Rose is to be victorious at Wentworth he will have to overcome several players who at the moment are more than just on top of their game. Last year's winner Ian Woosnam awaits a possible second round clash with Nick Faldo while Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia will still be riding the wave after the recent success in the Ryder Cup three weeks ago.