Stenson Van de Velde Share Spotlight


European TourA week after letting the Masters have center stage, the European Tour again finds itself in the Far East for the Volvo China Open at the Honghua Golf Club in Beijing.
And in the spotlight in China is Henrik Stenson, who has quietly become one of the tour's highest ranked full-time players. Currently ranked 13th in the world, the 30-year-old Swede already has a European Tour title under his belt this season.
His win at the Qatar Masters - coupled with his runner-up finish at the Abu Dhabi Championship and a third-place showing at the Players Championship - has vaulted Stenson ahead of the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington in the world rankings.
Although he missed the cut last week in his first-ever Masters Tournament, Stenson will assuredly be ready to play as he will be up against defending champion Paul Casey and recent winner John Van de Velde.
Van de Velde, who the golfing world hadn't heard a peep from since that disastrous day at the British Open back in 1999, held on for his first victory in 13 years at the Madeira Island Open a few weeks back.
The victory came in true Van de Velde form, as he double bogeyed the final hole to hang and win by a stroke over Lee Slattery.
Casey, on the other hand, will be looking to become the second European Tour player in three weeks to defend his title. Casey hopes to duplicate the feat of Paul Broadhurst who recently notched back-to-back wins at the Algarve Open de Portugal.
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
The European Tour will remain in China the following week for the BWM Asian Open in Shanghai.
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