On Wednesday, he told reporters that his “No. 1 focus” was to win the season-long Race to Dubai, and rightfully so. He currently leads Justin Rose by 213,468 points, and he’s vying to become the first player to win both end-of-season prizes, the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai, in the same season.
No. 2? That’d be to win the DP World Tour Championship, which gets underway Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Last year’s tie for seventh was Stenson’s best career finish in the season finale.
And his third goal?
To finish ahead of Ian Poulter, of course.
You’ll recall that the Lake Nona, Fla., residents recently struck up a friendly wager. Poulter – given 10-1 odds – put up $100 to Stenson’s $1,000 that he could overtake him in the Race to Dubai. Since the bet was made, Poulter has trimmed his deficit from about 960,000 points to within 345,000, on the strength of three consecutive top-15 finishes.
Though $1,000 won’t hurt the wallet of a man who recently won the FedEx Cup (and took home the cool $11.44 million), the fact that he would have to spend the night as Poults’ personal drinks waiter provides plenty of incentive for Stenson.
“That’s probably my biggest motivation,” he told reporters, “not to become his servant for a day. He is certainly not going off that bet, and I know he is up my tail. …
“We’ll have to see if that priority changes at some point, but as of now, that’s the way I look at it. I know if I tick the other ones, that will take care of itself.”