Golf: Stenson aims to cement Race to Dubai lead

Henrik Stenson WGC-HSBC Champions

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Henrik Stenson is aiming to follow up his impressive finish to last week’s BMW Masters by winning the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China to maintain his position at the top of the Race to Dubai standings.

The Swede had a nightmare start at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai last week as a combination of a cold and a wrist injury hampered him throughout the opening three rounds.

However, following a disastrous third round 79, Stenson rescued the situation with an impressive final round 65 to secure a joint 33rd-placed finish.

And as the action moves across Shanghai to the Sheshan International Golf Club in the second event of the European Tour’s four-part Final Series, Stenson wants to extend his $443,725 lead over second placed Graeme McDowell in the Race to Dubai.

The WGC-HSBC Champions event has a first prize of $102,145 on offer and Stenson said: “This is obviously a big event on our schedule and one which we always look forward to.

“It is one of the strongest fields of the season and I have played quite well at Sheshan before, so I’m hoping for a good week. I need to have some good results if I am going to finish on top and win the Race to Dubai.

“I imagine it will still be quite open when we get to Dubai, so if I can have a good result this week it will really help me. If not, I will keep working away.”

Ian Poulter will return to defend his trophy after winning by two shots 12 months ago, while Open champion Phil Mickelson and former world number one Rory McIlroyare also in the strong field.

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