Stenson eyeing Race to Dubai crown

If Henrik Stenson triumphs at this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge, he can seal the second Race to Dubai title of his career.

Stenson, who won this year's Open Championship, overtook Masters champion Danny Willett at the top of the European Tour money list at the end of October.

Willett has been struggling for form more or less since winning the Masters back in April, and while he is at Sun City as well, Stenson is certainly more favoured this week.

If the Swede wins, and Willett finishes outside the top 10, the race is over.

"I've had a really good year behind me and it would be nice to finish it off with being Europe's number one," said Stenson. "I'm sure Danny's going to try and find some game here for the last couple of weeks and push me to the limit.

"It's a great chance for me to stay in that number one spot if I play some solid golf these last two tournaments.

"If I were to get anywhere near a win, or win one of them, then I would imagine it would be a done deal. I've just got to go out there and try and play solid for four rounds here, and for four rounds in Dubai, and hopefully that will be good enough.

"This is a course where I've played some good golf in the past and been successful over the five or six times that I've been, so I'm looking forward to the week."

Willett, meanwhile, will try and do his best to rediscover some much needed form.

"Me and Henrik have both had fantastic years, both picking up our first major and both had good showings elsewhere around the world," he said.

"Now it boils down to two events where I am back to chasing. I'm a little bit behind him so I'm going to try to make up some ground this week and hopefully try to make up ground next week or fend him off and see how everything goes.

"We've both got pretty good track records around this golf course, as well, so it could be interesting."

Rory McIlroy is also still in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, but if Stenson finishes tied-seventh or better, and Willett tied-second or better, the Northern Irishman will be out of the running.