Friday, 19 March 2010
BMW PGA Championship - Previews  (Getty Images)
BMW PGA Championship - Previews (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson's superb victory at the Players Championship in Florida makes him the highest-ranked player in The European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club this week.

But to climb even higher than his current fourth place - behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia - Stenson needs to improve a very modest record in the event.

In eight previous appearances Stenson's best finish was eighth two years ago - and he was never in contention that week.

"It's a classic old golf course. There's a lot of history and tradition here," said the 33 year old Swede.

"It's a course I like playing. I haven't done my best in the past, but obviously I hope to change that this year.

"Winning at Sawgrass was the highlight of my career so far. I was just happy to play such a great last round (a 66 to turn a five shot deficit into a four stroke win).

"I stayed focused and composed and hit the right shots at the right time and made the putts. I guess I might have made it look a little bit easier than it was."

It made Americans take notice of him for something other than stripping down to his underpants to play a shot out of mud in March.

There have been some enquiries about using that incident for advertising purposes and Stenson added: "I guess it kind of built more attention about me as a person.

"Then I guess I confirmed the fame with the win at TPC, so I'm sure there might be some benefits in the end."

Winning on Sunday would probably lift him only above Garcia to third in the rankings, but, important though that is, he is more focused on preparing for the upcoming Majors.

Stenson was third at The Open Championship behind Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter last year, then fourth in the US PGA Championship.

"I don't know if you can expect to win a Major, but I sure hope so and it's a dream of mine,” he added.

"At least I know I can win against the best players in the world."

His victory two weeks ago brought message of congratulations for Greg Norman and his wife Chris Evert, among others.

"My wife and I are good friends with his daughter Morgan.”

Stenson and his family celebrated his success in the Bahamas last week, but now it is back to business.

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1CASEY, PaulENG18-17
2FISHER, RossENG18-16
3KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-13
4DODD, StephenWAL18-12
5MCILROY, RoryNIR18-10
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