Garcia, of course, won the Masters in April and then went on to lift to Andalucia Valderrama Masters in October. Then, two months later, he had a first major championship, finally, at the 74th attempt.
Granted, Garcia is still a long shot, but he does still have a legitimate shot. So the fact he is rated as having apparently next-to-no chance of crowning a crowning season with the European No 1 title does not particularly irk him.
Garcia's Masters victory is one of his three wins on the 2016-17 European Tour schedule against two each for Fleetwood and Rose.
To be fair, Garcia didn't even realise his odds were as good.
Dubai is a tournament that I really want. "I can't control what the other people do and obviously both Tommy and Justin are playing really well".
Watch out Fleetwood, the in-form Rose is hot on your heels! So I'm not expecting to finish 40th or 50th.
"I see a 2-percent chance of me winning the Race to Dubai, but I'm fine with it". I can live with it. "It's been a great year, and that's not going to change".
The European Tour season concludes this week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and three men are in the running to become Europe's number one. The DP World Tour Championship takes place on November 16-19. "The rounding up and down of points will also help us standardise the presentation of the European Tour International Schedule, with all points totals now set in stone from day one".
Lee Westwood of England walks with caddie Billy Foster.
Garcia would be the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1991 to win the Harry Vardon Trophy, and he says it would be a wonderful way to end the best year of his career. "But no, obviously, I'm going to go out there and I'm going to play the best I can". At the end of the week, we'll see what happens.
"The only thing I can do is go out there and play the best I can and try to win. Not only for this week and this year, but for what's coming in the future".
Garcia's immediate future is complicated, however slightly, by the fact he is playing a first tournament with clubs from a new manufacturer. Last month, it was announced his 15-year connection to TaylorMade would not continue, with Garcia nearly certain to switch to Calloway.
As such, it does not exactly represent ideal preparation for the Earth course, a track the reigning Masters champion has not yet, well, mastered. In fact, his best performance was a share of seventh, way back at the inaugural event, in 2009.
Leader Fleetwood is the hot favourite to finish top of the pile in the tour's ninth year, however golf is an unpredictable sport and there are sure to be a few more twists and turns in the season finale in the Middle East. But it doesn't mean that I shouldn't be able to do well.
"Obviously I've had some good weeks here, but I haven't had weeks as well as I probably should have. You know them from junior golf and you've grown up with them".