Stenson still not fully fit
Last updated: 5th November 2013
Henrik Stenson admits he is still dealing with a wrist injury as he tries hold on to his lead in the Race to Dubai standings.
The Swede has been receiving regular treatment for the problem since he won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs back in September, and has so far failed to register a top-30 finish at either the BMW Masters or last week's HSBC-Champions.
He still leads Graeme McDowell by 145,000 euros in the race to be crowned European No 1, but with two very lucrative events still to go, his lead is far from secure.
Stenson, however, seemed to play down the injury ahead of this week's Turkish Airlines Open, the penultimate event in the European Tour Final Series.
"It's been bothering me a bit ... but during play it's been all right," he said.
"It's all about keeping it mobile, taking some pills every now and again and doing quite a lot of icing.
"I've kept my hand in the ice bucket for quite some time. There's always going to be some wear and tear over long-term golfing.
"It wasn't a thing that came on suddenly so that was a good thing. It wasn't like I hit a shot and just all of a sudden I started feeling a lot of pain."
Stenson also revealed that he has a wager of $1,000 with Ian Poulter over the Race to Dubai, with the Swede set to pay up if Poulter, currently in fourth with a deficit of 542,000 euros to make up, passes him.
"I had a bet with Poulter when he was some way behind and he still wants me to pay for a night out if he catches me," he said.
"We were having a laugh at Lake Nona in Florida a couple of weeks ago. He said, 'We have to have a bet, I'm going to chase you down'.
"I'm going to try to make sure that doesn't happen. It's a tight race and most likely it's still going to be an open story in Dubai.
"The bet was a hundred bucks and he got 10-1 so it's going to be bad for me if he wins."
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