Stenson wants world number one in 2014

At the beginning of 2013, Henrik Stenson was ranked outside the all-important Top 50 in the Official World Rankings.

By March, the Swede’s ranking had slipped a little further to No. 58 before a tied 8th finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational got him going in the right direction.

Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson (Credit: Anthony Powter)

We all know what would transpire over the remainder of the year – the first winner of both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai on the PGA and European Tours, three victories worldwide and a further eight top-ten finishes, including runner-up at The Open Championship.

Stenson’s charge up the rankings was something Palmer himself would have been proud of but the now world number three wants more. A career-first major and the number one ranking are firmly in his sights, if not quite yet in his grasp.

“The Majors are the next step for me,” Stenson said at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa late last year, where he completed his stunning year with a 4th place finish.”

“I’ve won great tournaments on both the PGA and European Tours. I won both the Order of Merits and played in the Ryder Cup; I won the World Cup with Robert Karlsson for Sweden and I’ve pretty much achieved everything in the game that I want to – except for winning a Major.”

“I’m 37, so I’m looking at a good three, four, five years ahead of me if I can stay healthy, to try and win one of the big ones. I feel like I can win any of the Majors if I play well.”

“The one that would possibly mean the most to me would be The Open Championship.”

“Being European, The Open and the Ryder Cup were the ones I watched growing up. Those were the ones, but Augusta is also a very special place. The US Open is potentially the toughest one and the US PGA is a strong field.”

Stenson earned more World Ranking Points in 2013 than anyone else except Tiger Woods, who won five times in the US and again finished a calendar year in the top spot.

Stenson is a mere 0.44 behind world number two, Adam Scott, and a little over 2.5 points behind Woods. Although both these players will have plenty to say on the matter for themselves, Stenson intends riding his wave of form for all it’s worth in 2014.

“I would love to get to world number one.”

“It’s definitely in reach if I continue with the form that I’ve played with since the summer, but it’s going to take some good golf and what’s going to take me there is to not watch what Tiger and Adam are doing.”

“I have to continue doing the things that I’ve done to produce these results.”