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FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson may not tee-off in the BMW Masters in China after sustaining an arm injury.
The Swede, who landed the $10 million pot by coming out on top in the US FedEx play-offs, is fancied to win the first of four big Asian tournaments over the next month, but hurt his right arm during practise in Florida last week.
The world number four said: “I really don’t know how it happened as I was practicing last week back in Florida but on Wednesday and Thursday I just felt it ache a little bit and it’s just got progressively sore and a little swollen.
“Then on the flight over here it felt just worse and worse and I couldn’t hit any golf balls yesterday and instead I had treatment on it, and was advised to have an MRI on it to make sure there is nothing major wrong.
“I am hoping to get it sorted over the next couple of days but at the moment I’m not in great shape and I’m not certain of playing this week here in Shanghai.
“It’s very worrying especially as this will be the first week of a seven tournament stretch for me, so it’s not the best scenario to be having a wrist problem.”
Non participation would be a major blow to Stenson’s ambition of ending the year as European Tour number one – he currently leads second-placed Graeme McDowell by 425,573 euros ahead of the start of a lucrative period in Asia.
Other top players due to tee-off late Wednesday night at the Lake Malaren Gold Club include Rory Mcllroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.