Henrik Stenson wary of trying too hard to wrap up Race to Dubai crown
Last Updated: 13/11/13 5:30pm
Henrik Stenson: Bidding for unique double in Dubai
Henrik Stenson is trying to stay as relaxed as possible as he bids to become the first player to win the FedExCup and Race to Dubai titles in the same season.
The Swede goes into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in pole position to be crowned European No 1, leading the money list by 213,468 euros from Justin Rose.
Only a victory will guarantee Stenson the Race to Dubai title, but he would be overtaken if Rose or McDowell win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai this week.
"It's always one of the things that I would have liked to achieve in golf in Europe, and growing up on The European Tour and playing here for many, many years, it would mean a lot to be the overall winner of The Race to Dubai," Stenson told the European Tour website.
"To be able to have a chance to do it together with winning the FedExCup is probably something I'm not going to have a chance to do again, and it's going to be hard for some of the other guys to have a chance to do it, as well.
"It's one of those that I really want it, but if you want something too much, that's going to make some trouble for you normally.
"It doesn't take Einstein to figure out that I want that to happen, but I have to put that aside and focus on playing the best I can with my circumstances and my game for this week - we'll see where that takes us.
Stenson was referring to the troublesome wrist injury he has been battling since before the Final Series began in China last month.
The world No 3 played through the pain and finished 34th in the BMW Masters and 31st at the WGC-HSBC Champions, although he bounced back with a seventh-place finish in Turkey last weekend.
The 37-year-old missed Tuesday's pro-am in Dubai to undergo another MRI scan, but he is confident the injury will not affect his performance this week.
"The way it felt on Tuesday at the BMW Masters I thought I was probably going to be on a flight home and not be able to play," he added.
"From there it's been good developments and fingers crossed it's going to hold out for these four days.
"I'm in a good position to win the Race to Dubai but if somebody else wins the tournament, good for them. They will have done something really good and I can't feel like I've lost it then.
"I'm going to try my best to enjoy it rather than feeling I have to play well now otherwise somebody else is going to nick it. That's not the right mindset.
"I felt lucky last week, but things worked out pretty well so I am still leading. It's always nice to have that cushion because the other guys are still coming in here with the pressure of having to finish in the top five or something to be able to catch me."