Henrik Stenson looks to continue his successful and lucrative end to the golf season by holding his lead in the Race to Dubai.
The Swede takes a lead of over 400,000 over second-place Graeme McDowell. McDowell is closely followed by reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
Rose and McDowell will be joined by the next 57 in the Race to Dubai rankings as they all attempt to keep Stenson from being the first player to win the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
As these guys prepare for the final four tournaments in this event, feel free to view the full standings here, or view the top 10 below.
|Race to Dubai Standings Heading into BMW Masters|
Stenson has a nice lead, but this event is far from over. A combined $30.5 million is up for grabs over these final events.
|Oct. 24-27||BMW Masters||Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai, China.||$7,000,000|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 3.||WGC-HSBC Champions||Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China.||$8,500,000|
|Nov. 7-10.||Turkish Airlines Open||The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey.||$7,000,000|
|Nov. 14-17.||DP World Tour Championship||Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.||$8,000,000|
Predicting Race to Dubai Outcome
Obviously, Stenson is in great position to win this event. However, I have to wonder if he is prepared to do so. Stenson is coming off his victorious turn in the FedEx Cup, which netted him over $10 million.
I think we could all excuse Stenson if he lost focus after pocketing that kind of coin. He hasn't teed off in an event since his FedEx Cup win.
There was little denying Stenson was the best golfer on the planet at the close of the PGA season, but he's not going to be able to maintain that edge...or his lead.
Sitting in second, Graeme McDowell appears to have his focus on the Race to Dubai.
McDowell enjoyed a successful season, but the Northern Irishman—with modest distance and a deft short game—was inconsistent. He also didn't have the most inspiring end to the PGA year, with a missed cut, 47th and 57th in his last three events.
This doesn't inspire much hope in his chances.
That leads me to the man who will win this event. Justin Rose will extend his breakout season by winning the Race to Dubai.
The Englishman had a solid close to his PGA year in the FedEx Cup playoffs. In those four events, he finished second, 16th, 33rd and sixth. Rose was also able to keep his game tuned while finishing second to Adam Scott in the recent two-day Grand Slam of Golf.
Rose's ball-striking has helped him remain factor all season, and it will lead him to this end-of-the-year triumph.