Henrik Stenson: Paul McGinley says Swede can top world rankings

Last Updated: 19/11/13 10:16am

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World Tour Championship - Day 4 blog

Paul McGinley says Henrik Stenson will be aiming to win a Major and top the world rankings after collecting the Race to Dubai title.

Swedish star Stenson shot an eight-under-par 64 at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Sunday to claim the DP World Tour Championship and, as a result, cement top spot in the seasonal Race to Dubai standings.

The 37-year-old - who beat Ian Poulter by six strokes in the Gulf region and Victor Dubuisson, last week's winner at the Turkish Airlines Open, by eight - is yet to win a Major, having recorded a best of second at the 2013 Open Championship.

Stenson seals Race to Dubai

McGinley - who looks primed to have Stenson in his team for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles - thinks the Scandinavian will be determined to alter that statistic next season, as well as overhaul world No 1 Tiger Woods.

But the Irishman says it is doubtful that Stenson - who has become the first man to clinch the European Tour's Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup in the same year - will be as hot as he has been in 2013 during the following campaign.

"You look at Henrik now and think: 'How could he ever play badly?' but we stood here this time last year and said the same about Rory McIroy and the nature of professional golf is that you have ups and downs," McGinley told Sky Sports.


"Henrik had his downs and this is certainly an up - but is he going to continue up the graph? That's unlikely and it may mellow out a little bit, but hopefully he gets a Major title because he deserves one after the career he has had.

"Plus, Henrik, along with Adam Scott, is a legitimate contender to become world No 1 and he will want to push on next year as you don't want to do the same thing again - although doing what he has done this year again would be pretty good!"

Stenson - who, in addition to his triumph in the World Tour Championship, also garnered tournament victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship in the States - dropped only two shots all week at Jumeirah.

"Stenson attacked pin positions that he felt he could make with irons and wedges and hit the middle of greens."
Paul McGinley

And McGinley compared the manner in which the Swede seized the event to the way one of golf's most iconic players used to conduct his business on the course.

"The way Rory won last year was very cavalier and exciting, but the way Henrik won was very reminiscent of Jack Nicklaus in his heyday," added the four-time winner on the European Tour.

"He controlled this tournament from the first round and had the ability to constantly go forward when he needed to, while he attacked pin positions that he felt he could make with irons and wedges and hit the middle of greens.

"He had gained confidence from winning the FedEx Cup and outplayed everybody in all departments - and to score just two bogeys all week is incredible on any golf course."

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