Stenson looking to become the Tour's Sultan of Swings

Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:45am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) - World number two Henrik Stenson is hoping to add the European Tour's unofficial 'Sultan of Swings' crown to his growing portfolio at the Qatar Masters this week.

The 6-foot-1 (1.87-metre) Swede has won four times in the Middle East, the joint highest total along with Ernie Els, and is keen to move one ahead of his South African playing partner at the Doha Golf Club.

"It has been a good hunting ground," Stenson told reporters on the eve of the $2.5 million tournament.

The 38-year-old has won three times in Dubai and also has a fondness for Qatar, having lifted the trophy there in 2006 and been a runner-up on three separate occasions.

"I guess I've figured out a decent way to play this course and I've done some good scores over the years in windy conditions as well," said Stenson.

"I don't know what the forecast is but normally we get our fair share of wind here which is part of the course defense and makes it play better."

Stenson, however, will have to fare a lot better than he did when missing the cut at last week's Abu Dhabi Championship.

The Swede opened with a disappointing four-over-par 76 and a second round 68 was not enough to secure him a place among the weekend participants.   Continued...

Henrik Stenson of Sweden waves at the camera after winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro