Henrik Stenson admits that winning a major is the next box that he would like to tick after claiming the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
The 38-year-old held off the attentions of both Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose to successfully defend his title in Dubai on Sunday and claim his first title of the season.
McIlroy had already wrapped up the Race to Dubai title but victory for the Swede ensured that he finished as runner-up to the world number one.
The Ryder Cup ace also moved to within one of the top of the world rankings with only the Northern Irishman now above him in the standings.
Despite not having won an event until his UAE triumph, it has been another spectacular season for the Gothenburg-born ace, who had eight top-10 finishes worldwide prior to Sunday’s glory.
He also came close in the majors with a share of fourth at the US Open while finishing in a tie for third at the US PGA Championship.
The talented Scandinavian has now secured four top-10s in the majors in the past two years and there is a growing feeling that he could be the next European to win one of the big-four events.
And Stenson has made it clear that he would favour a major triumph over knocking McIlroy of his perch.
“It would be nice to have been ranked the world’s best at some point, but if I had the choice I would go for a major championship so I am going to try and be in good shape for them next year,” he said.