ATLANTA – Of all the mathematical madness that has become professional golf’s post-season, it is the looming possibility that a player could win the season-long race without having won an event that likely sends chills down the spine of PGA Tour officials.
“That’s just the way it is,” said Stenson, who can tie for third and still have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup. “You can be world No. 1 without winning a tournament in a year, and you can win the FedEx Cup and [the European Tour’s] Race to Dubai without winning a tournament.”
Stenson, who has three runner-up finishes this season including at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship to start the playoffs, was in a similar position in 2013 when he arrived at the DP World Tour Championship on the European circuit without having won on that tour.
The Swede quieted that conversation by winning the finale and said on Tuesday at East Lake that he’d like to do the same thing this year at the Tour Championship. But if he doesn’t, he won’t spend much time worrying about it.
“If I finish second or third and win the overall, you won’t see me leaving here crying, not out of sadness anyway,” said Stenson, who won the FedEx Cup in 2013 and would become the second player (Tiger Woods) to win the season-long race twice.