By winning the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai, the nerveless Henrik Stenson turned his attention to the dollars 64,000 question. Can he now go on to become the world No 1 after rising from No 230 to No 3 in only 22 months?
“It’s going to take a lot of good golf from where I am, but I will keep trying,” he said. “Everyone who has won the Race to Dubai has been world No 1 at some stage.”
He wants a major championship too, of course, and on this form, becoming the first man to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai, it looks a matter of time. “The best player on the planet,” Ian Poulter said after chasing him hard, carding a round of 66 and still ending up six strokes short and dollars 100 out of pocket after a private wager.
“He’s making golf look easy,” Luke Donald said. “I don’t think there has been a better player in golf these last six months.” Justin Rose, fleetingly in with a shout of denying Stenson the Race to Dubai title, was pithier. “Emphatic,” he said.