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November 11 2013

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Stenson to curb practice in Dubai

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Henrik Stenson won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on the way to the FedExCup.

By PGATOUR.COM staff

Henrik Stenson couldn't be too disappointed with his tie for seventh at the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.

After all, he was playing with pain in the same cranky right wrist that plagued him during his stellar run to the FedExCup title. And his goal of becoming the first player to win both the FedExCup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai was still in tact.

Stenson, who managed four rounds in the 60s in Turkey, including a first-round 64, takes a lead of 213,467 points over Justin Rose into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai where the Race will be decided.

"You know, I definitely would have taken a 30th the first week when I couldn't move my hand at all on the Tuesday evening," Stenson said after the final round. "... But you've got to do a bit better. I'm still happy with the top-10 and thanks to a few of the other guys, yeah, I've still got the lead heading into the last week. Just give it some rest. 

"My preparation is going to be less than I would have liked, but again, I've played Jumeirah Golf Estates so many times, so hopefully I shouldn't have to be further behind than he need to due to that. So the most important thing is to get healthy long-term, and be able to play next week."

Stenson said his wrist actually felt better on Sunday than it did on Saturday. He planned to speak with his physical therapist before deciding how much to practice in Dubai.

"I hope if I maybe pull out of the pro-am and give it two days full rest, maybe I can do a light practice session on Wednesday and go," he said. "It's obviously going to affect my preparations but it's been like that for the last three weeks, so just do the best I can."

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