Second-place Stenson eyes win in Malaysia


After another successful run through the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Henrik Stenson had plenty of reasons to smile: $4.75 million in on-course earnings, to be exact, not to mention $3 million in postseason bonus money.

But what the Swede lacked was a trophy, as Stenson recorded three runner-up finishes during the four-event stretch and was unable to catch Jordan Spieth, both in the overall standings and at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Following a brief break at home in Florida, Stenson is back in action this week at the CIMB Classic to begin a new run toward the season-long prize that he claimed in 2013.

"I got going pretty nicely in the playoffs," Stenson said Tuesday. "Of course a little disappointing not to be able to win any of those tournaments when I was up. I had a good chance at the Tour Championship and I was there until the end, but Jordan was on fire on the greens and didn't leave it open to anyone else, really."

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Stenson is making his first start at this event, and he estimated that he hasn't teed it up in Malaysia since at least 2005. A hectic summer slate looms for Stenson, who holds cards on both the PGA and European tours, and he added this week's event to get a head start on reaching his membership requirements for the season.

"Next year is going to be a busy year with the Olympics and the Ryder Cup and everything else," he said. "I will have this one and HSBC next week, so I will have two PGA Tour events played before Christmas, which is going to ease off my schedule."

While Stenson will enjoy some scheduling flexibility next spring, he doesn't have much right now with the Race to Dubai about to kick off. Stenson plans to play five of the next six weeks, overall - assuming his body allows it.

"The only slight little worry is my right knee," he said. "I've got a bit of a problem with the meniscus and I'm scheduled to have an op(eration) on Dec. 9th in Orlando, so I'm hoping I can squeeze by in these last five tournaments that I have before Christmas."