Date: November 17, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Stenson edges closer in Dubai

Henrik Stenson remains poised to become European number one after carding a third-round 67 at the DP World Tour Championships on Saturday. The Swede, who is also on course to be the first player to win both the Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same season, picked up four birdies on the final five holes at the Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish the day on 17 under. Stenson will now go into the last round with a one-shot lead over Turkish Open winner Victor Dubuisson – who carded a 64 including 11 birdies on Saturday – while Ian Poulter sits four shots off the pace along with Spain&aposs Alejandro Canizares. Justin Rose (11 under) and Graeme McDowell (eight under) could still deny Stenson the Race to Dubai title with a victory this weekend, while Poulter has also vowed to keep the pressure on the 37-year-old on Sunday. “I caught him today and I&aposll catch him tomorrow, it&aposs whether or not I can keep hold of him,” the Englishman said. “I&aposm pushing really hard on this course and it&aposs easy to make mistakes when you are doing that. I made two bogeys on par threes which is frustrating but I am right in there and I can&apost ask any more than that. “It&aposs fun hunting Henrik and if I can get off to a decent start it&aposs going to be great on the back nine.” Stenson, meanwhile, insisted he is merely focused on winning the tournament as opposed to other factors. “I am trying to avoid all that,” he said. “I know I can win The Race to Dubai even if I don&apost win here, but why not try my hardest to win this tournament? If I do I know that both trophies are coming home with me. “It&aposs a great achievement to be the one who wins the most money throughout the year … the guys are going to try their best to attack but if anything it makes me try even harder. “They are the ones that need to overtake me so I am trying to stick to my game plan. It&aposs working so far so I don&apost see any point changing.”