Order of Merit still resonates with Henrik Stenson
Remember yesteryear, when winning the money title meant something? The FedEx Cup sort of changed that, but on the European Tour what is affectionately called the Order of Merit still resonates.
“It’s huge for me,” said Deutsche Bank Championship winner Henrik Stenson, who fondly remembers the big deal it was in 2008 when fellow Swede Robert Karlsson topped the money list. “In all my years, this is as good a chance as I’ve had (to win).”
It’s called The Race for Dubai, but since it’s based strictly on money and not a points system similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, to Stenson and others it’s still the Order of Merit. Presently Stenson sits first with 2,118,961 Euros, 425,573 ahead of Graeme McDowell with Justin Rose third – and keeping in front means a lot to the 37-year-old.
After his run in the FedEx Cup ends at the Tour Championship (Sept. 19-22) Stenson will resume his quest for the European title with two tournaments in China (BMW Masters, HSBC Champions), the Turkish Airlines Open, then the finale, the DP World Tour Challenge.
From there, Stenson will begin his 2014 campaign with a defense of the South African Open (Nov. 21-24) before the Nedbank Challenge (Dec. 5-8) leads him into a break. It means he doesn’t have the World Cup on his schedule, since it’s opposite the South African Open.
“You’re going to let someone down no matter what you do,” Stenson said.