Stenson looking to keep punter Poulter at bay

Tue Nov 5, 2013 7:32am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is doubly determined to stay at the top of the European Tour's Race To Dubai money list especially as it would mean he avoids paying out 1,000 pounds ($1,600) in a losing bet to Florida neighbor Ian Poulter.

Swede Stenson has a lead of 145,000 euros over second-placed Graeme McDowell, with Poulter 542,000 euros adrift in fourth spot ahead of the final two events of the season, this week's Turkish Airlines Open and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

"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," Stenson told reporters at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in the Turkish city of Antalya on Tuesday.

"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."

Stenson can certainly afford to pay out after picking up $11.4 million for winning the U.S. PGA Tour's FedExCup series and the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

"We were having a laugh at Lake Nona in Florida a couple of weeks ago," said the Swede. "He said, 'We have to have a bet, I'm going to chase you down'."

Poulter closed the gap on Stenson by finishing second to American Dustin Johnson in last week's WGC-Champions Tournament in Shanghai while the Swede could only manage a tie for 31st position.   Continued...

Sweden's Henrik Stenson jumps over the Swilcan Burn after chipping onto the first green during the final round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble