BMW Masters

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Henrik Stenson leads the Race To Dubai. Image courtesy of sportingnews.com/AP
Henrik Stenson  was outside the top 200 in the world golf rankings two years ago but has clawed his way back up to number four and goes into the BMW Masters at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai as the man to beat this week. Since finishing in a tie for 21st at the US Open in June, the 37 year-old has finished in the top three in five of his past five tournaments, with victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship and TOUR Championship which saw him finish the PGA Tour season as the FedEx Cup winner. His last two tournaments in Europe saw him finish as runner-up behind Phil Mickelson at the British Open a week after his tie for third at the Scottish Open behind the same man.

While Stenson is clearly the man to beat, a strong field will contest the event, which has US$7 million worth of prizemoney on offer. Ten members of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team will tee off in China, including last year’s BMW Masters winner Peter Hanson . Hanson scored a one shot victory over former world number one Rory McIlroy  here twelve months ago and the Northern Irishman returns in 2013 hoping to go one better. Luke Donald , Ian Poulter , Shane Lowry  and Alexander Noren  also return after recording top ten finishes here last year and will be hoping to claim their first tournament victory of the season.

Three Australian’s will tee off at the event, with Brett Rumford  leading the charge. He has already won twice on the European Tour this year having won the Ballantine’s Championship in April and following that success up with victory at the Volva China Open a week later.

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