Sten­son ex­pects to be tested

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BRI­TISH OPEN win­ner Hen­rik Sten­son be­lieves money-list ri­val Danny Wil­lett will “push me to the limit” in this week’s US$7mil­lion Ned­bank Chal­lenge, the penul­ti­mate event of the Euro­pean Tour sea­son.

Sten­son holds a com­mand­ing lead of 252,163 points over the sec­ond-placed English­man and will se­cure a sec­ond or­der of merit ti­tle in four years if he wins in South Africa and Wil­lett is out­side the lead­ing 10 play­ers.

Any other re­sult and the race to end the sea­son on top of the pile will con­tinue at the US$8 mil­lion DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in Dubai next week.

Sten­son missed last week’s Turk­ish Air­lines Open and the out-of-form Wil­lett spurned the chance to close the gap by fin­ish­ing in a tie for 68th place.

“I’ve had a re­ally good year and it would be nice to fin­ish off by be­ing Eu­rope’s No. 1,” Sten­son told a news con­fer­ence at the Gary Player Coun­try Club yes­ter­day.

“I’m sure Danny’s go­ing to try and find some game over the last cou­ple of weeks and push me to the limit.”

Third-placed Rory McIl­roy, who has opted not to play this week, will hope his money-list am­bi­tions are still in­tact when he re­turns in Dubai. – Reuters

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Eng­land’s Joe Root (left) plays a shot past India’s wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha dur­ing their First Test match at the Saurash­tra Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Sta­dium, Ra­jkot, India yes­ter­day.

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