DP World Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson on course for Race To Dubai crown
Last Updated: 16/11/13 9:37am
Henrik Stenson: In imperious form so far
Halfway leader Henrik Stenson says he is delighted by his play so far in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Stenson carded a second-round 64 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish 12-under par, one shot ahead of Spain's Alejandro Canizares.
The 37-year-old Swede is one of three players in control of their own destiny, knowing that a win on Sunday would secure overall victory in the Race to Dubai, status as European number one and a million dollar bonus.
Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell can still deny Stenson the title with victory here, with Rose best placed on seven under after a 67 and McDowell four under after a 68.
A win for Ian Poulter would leave Stenson needing to finish second to claim the Harry Vardon trophy, with Poulter alongside Rose on seven under following a 68.
"I have my game plan cemented on this course and it's been working out great the first two days," said Stenson, who carded eight birdies and no bogeys.
"It could have been a bit better but there is no point being greedy. I am delighted with the first two days' work."
"It could have been a bit better but there is no point being greedy. I am delighted with the first two days' work.
"I keep track of what's happening with the other players, I'm too curious not to. I saw both Justin and Ian are seven under so they are chasing me as hard as they can.
"They are not going to back down so I better keep my foot and my head down, play another two good rounds and see where that takes me. I am in a great position to have a shot at winning and hopefully I will be there on Sunday afternoon."
Stenson admitted he is battling fatigue from a long season as well as an ongoing wrist injury, but added: "The two days I had off on Monday and Tuesday have helped.
"I got the club stuck in the ground on the sixth tee and felt it there but thankfully I don't think that made it flare up."