Stenson expects to be tested
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
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.