Author: Paul Reece
Published: 11:19 31/08/2014
Henrik Stenson will head into the 2014 Tour Championship looking to retain the title he won last September.
The 38-year-old Swedish star, who climbed to a career high 2nd in the rankings this year, has enjoyed another great year since the success.
He won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai last November and was named European Tour golfer of the year.
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The Tour Championship, meanwhile, is the final of four play-off events and consists of the top 30 PGA points leaders.
Last year, the likes of Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy both failed to make the tournament.
American starlet Jordan Spieth impressed, however, finished tied for second alongside Steve Stricker.
The 21-year-old is an exciting prospect, becoming the youngest ever Masters runner-up last year when he finished behind Bubba Watson.
Spieth will be expected to make the cut again this year and looks a good bet alongside Watson and McIlroy.
The trio all enjoyed a solid performances in The Barclays along with American trio Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan who lifted the title.
Westwood was unable to advance, however, and will watch the remaining three play-off tournaments from home.
The former World no.1 ended the Barclays 107th in the rankings, seven places off the cut.
While 2008 FedEx cup winner Vijay Singh is also struggling to make the Tour Championship.
The 51-year-old Hall of Famer only just made the top 100 to advance to the second stage and will need to vastly improve to stand any chance of reaching the final play-off on September 11th.
Matth Kuchar and Jimmy Walker will fancy their chances, however, with the pair both looking good to make the final 30.
The pair are likely to be joined by McIlroy who appears to be showing no signs of slowing down following his Open Championship and PGA Open victories.
South African Ernie Els is also looking good, the 44-year-old finished tied for fifth at The Barclays.
Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day finished tied for second behind Mahan, meanwhile, and the trio will all hope to carry that sort of form into the Tour Championship.
America’s Fowler, however, is another name to look out for.
The 25-year-old, who joined Jack Niclaus and Tiger Woods as one of the only three men to finish in the top five of all four majors in one year, enjoyed a solid performance at the Barclays.
The California star could be a good bet at each-way at the Tour Championship with the star keen to find his top form ahead of the Ryder Cup.
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