Henrik Stenson strengthened his chances of winning the European money title, shooting a 4-under 68 Thursday that left him two shots behind leader Alejandro Canizares after the first round of the season-ending World Tour Championship.
The memories Lee Westwood takes from his victory in Dubai -- along with the European Tour money title -- will serve him well as the 36-year-old zeroes in on claiming his first major championship in 2010, writes Paul Mahoney.
Tiger Woods headlines the strongest field ever in Asia at the HSBC Champions, including world No. 2 Phil Mickelson, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, defending champion Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, who leads the Race to Dubai.
The European Tour's glitzy Race to Dubai, which was to culminate with what would have been golf's biggest purse, is apparently set to take a financial hit that will reduce prize money and a lucrative bonus pool.