Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson admits it would be a special moment to become the first player to win The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same season, but the Swede is wary of trying too hard to get over the line at this week’s DP World Tour Championship.
The World Number Three, who won two of the US PGA Tour’s last three events to seal the FedEx cup, goes into the final event of The European Tour season with a lead of 213,468 points over Justin Rose.
However, with the vast prize fund on offer at Jumeirah Golf Estates, only a win will guarantee Stenson’s position as European Number One.
“It's always one of the things that I would have liked to achieve in golf in Europe, and growing up on The European Tour and playing here for many, many years, it would mean a lot to be the overall winner of The Race to Dubai,” said Stenson.
“To be able to have a chance to do it together with winning the FedEx Cup is probably something I'm not going to have a chance to do again, and it's going to be hard for some of the other guys to have a chance to do it, as well.
“It's one of those that I really want it, but if you want something too much, that's going to make some trouble for you normally. It doesn't take Einstein to figure out that I want that to happen, but I have to put that aside and focus on playing the best I can with my circumstances and my game for this week - we'll see where that takes us.”
Stenson has been battling an ongoing wrist problem throughout the Final Series but, while his preparations have been hampered, the 37 year old does have home advantage on his side, having relocated to Dubai several years ago.
“I’m delighted to be back,” he added. “I have made Dubai my home for so many years, a lot of friends and family and good to be back.
“Due to my preparations and resting the wrist, I haven't spent any time on the golf course, two days completely off, and I’m actually quite excited to go out and do a bit of practice and play nine holes in the afternoon. I heard the rumours are that the course is absolutely in excellent condition and the greens are really, really good, so look being forward to heading out there and checking it out.
“It's not been great but just have to deal with whatever circumstances you have at the moment and do the best with that. I'm happy to have been able to play these last three weeks, because the way it felt on Tuesday at the BMW Masters, I thought I was probably going to be on the flight home and not be able to play. From there, it's been some good developments, and fingers crossed, it's going to hold out for these four days.”