• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Stenson to challenge Tiger for top spot in golf

AFP/The Local · 22 Jan 2014, 07:19

Published: 22 Jan 2014 07:19 GMT+01:00

Stenson saw his bank balance rise by more than $20 million last season with a string of wins that propelled him to third place in the world rankings.

Now, he has the small matter of becoming the world number one for the first time in his sights.

At his press conference on Tuesday the cool Swede made no secret about his ambition to become the top-ranked player, saying it would be a "nice thing" if that happens.

"I think I'm in a position in the world rankings that if I really keep on playing well, I will have a chance to possibly, first, overtake Adam (Scott) and then maybe challenge Tiger (Woods) for the number one spot," Stenson said ahead of the Qatar Masters beginning Wednesday.

"I'm trying to focus on my stuff and then we'll see how far it takes us.

"But the chance is obviously there and it would be a nice thing to have on the CV when we put the clubs in the closet one day - that we've held the number one spot at some time, and if that doesn't happen, I would be happy to go for number two as of now."

Stenson, however, understands the perils of obsessing about the world number one spot, saying things always don't go according to plan.

"One part is down to what I do. If I can keep my form going and playing good golf, and it's those elements that we can't control what the other guys are doing, and might even be somebody from behind going on a really hot streak and overtaking everybody."

Stenson, who won the Qatar Masters in 2006 and has finished in second position thrice, considers the Doha Golf Club course a "good hunting ground" and is determined to make the most of his experience, this being his 14th appearance in the event.

After missing the cut in Abu Dhabi last week, Stenson feels he is getting his confidence back.

Story continues below…

"The game's heading in the right direction for sure. It was a bit rusty last week, and I'd say today was as good as I've hit it this side of Christmas, anyway.

"So yeah, I'm looking forward to the week. I'm sure it's going to be fairly similar to what we had here in previous years with a bit of wind, and I think the course is in good condition where the trick is always to keep the ball below the hole on the greens, because downhill, downwind and downgrain, they are lightning and uphill you can be aggressive."

Two PGA Tour victories in September last year earned Stenson the FedEx Cup, before he secured the Race to Dubai by winning The European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Swedes sweat on this year's hottest day yet
Swedes enjoying the Summerburst music festival in Gothenburg on the weekend. Photo: Frida Winter/TT

Gothenburg on the west coast has observed the hottest day of the summer.

Sweden's wild wolf numbers going down
Wolves (at a zoo) in Sweden. Photo: Yvonne Åsell/SvD/TT

A licensed cull earlier this year is the main reason behind the decline, say experts.

Man struck by train at Stockholm metro station
File photo of a Stockholm underground train. Photo: Malin Hoelstad/SvD/TT

Some witnesses say he was pushed onto the tracks.

The Local List
Six great things to put on your Swedish summer bucket list
Anyone for a picnic in Stockholm's archipelago? Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

There's no summer like a Swedish summer. Here's how to make the most of it.

Why this Swedish restaurant is launching a dog menu
Forget ice cream, hungry Swedish dogs can now drink beefy beer. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

A Gothenburg eatery has unveiled a menu specially designed for dogs in an effort to attract new customers.

How the Swedish Church used taxes to fund lavish trips
File photo of a Swedish priest. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

A trip to Malta for 99 people was among those funded by the church coffers.

Stockholm couple crash car during rowdy romp
Never forget to put the handbrake on. Photo: YB Södermalm

A pair of hapless Stockholm lovers decide to get intimate in their car on Monday, but it was all downhill from there.

Why Sweden is now the EU's most competitive economy
Sweden has been ranked as the EU's most competitive economy. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

It's beating European giants such as Germany and the United Kingdom by miles, according to a key global ranking.

Is this the best cafe in Sweden to grab a fika?
Annas Hembageri in Mariefred. Photo: Sofia Marcetic/TT

Fill up the coffee cup and help yourself to a 'kanelbulle'. This is Sweden's best café according to food experts.

Poll shows cost of spring crisis for Swedish government
Swedish PM Stefan Löfven and Deputy PM Isabella Lövin at a cabinet reshuffle in May. Photo: Erik Nylander/TT

The survey suggests the current Swedish government would not receive the largest share of votes if an election were held in May.

Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm attracts so many successful researchers
Travel
Is this the best cafe in Sweden?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups
Analysis & Opinion
Which ingredients made the Swedish model the best in the world?
Gallery
Property of the week: Mariestad
Blog updates

27 May

Editor’s blog, May 27th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, Would you spend a day doing manual labour in high heels? That’s what Swedish…" READ »

 

17 May

What about “att”? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! It often seems like the small words are the ones that cause the most confusion.…" READ »

 
 
 
National
How this Swede was turned down for a job because of her head scarf
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
Swedish police trial use of taser guns
National
'Sweden would not be able to defend Gotland'
Gallery
People-watching: May 27th-29th
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
National
First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot
Gallery
The best, cutest and funniest snaps from Prince Oscar's christening
Travel
Is this town the best place in Sweden?
Sponsored Article
How to find student housing in Malmö: 5 tips
Gallery
People-watching: May 25th
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
Society
WATCH: Why Swedish handyman wore pink high heels for feminism
Sport
LIST: Top-ten ridiculous things Zlatan has compared himself to
Sponsored Article
Food, fun, and reliable sun: Summer in Dubrovnik
Business & Money
Why Swedes don't want the euro
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm startups help new employees feel at home
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vika, Falun
Sponsored Article
VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world's 6th best city for biking
National
Is this the most Swedish tattoo ever?
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
Gallery
People-watching: May 20th-22nd
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
National
How to really annoy a Swede abroad
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
National
How this war veteran is warming hearts in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Gallery
People-watching: May 18th
Sponsored Article
Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups
National
How this Swede's viral ad totally nailed Stockholm's housing crisis
Gallery
Property of the week: Vasastaden, Gothenburg
Lifestyle
The best Swedish cities for dating
3,317
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se