Race to Dubai: Henrik Stenson 'imperious' on day two, says Paul McGinley
'Imperious' Henrik Stenson looks set to clinch the Race to Dubai title in style, says Paul McGinley.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 2:19pm
The European Tour money list leader produced a fine 64 to move to 12 under, a one shot advantage on Alejandro Canizares, and surge clear of his rivals for the Race to Dubai title.
The Swede's major opponents for the prestigious award, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, are five shots adrift, and McGinley can see no way back for the duo if Stenson maintains his current form.
"The writing is on the wall," said the Ryder Cup captain. "Whether he comes through and wins, as we all know in this game, is another thing but he looks imperious at the moment.
"The way he's playing tee-to-green, the way he's putting, the way he looks mentally, his experience of having achieved the same thing against Tiger Woods in winning the FedEx - all of those things add up to a very formidable package that Henrik is at the moment.
"It's going to take something really special for someone to beat him."
Stenson entered the tournament with concerns over a wrist injury, however McGinley says there's no evidence that problem is troubling him so far or will do over the weekend.
"It is a factor and everyone is susceptible to having a few bad holes and losing confidence quickly. Henrik is no different," said McGinley.
"But, having said that, he looks something special at the moment and a guy right on top of his game, right on top of his confidence.
"It looks pretty ominous for the rest of the field but you never know in this game."
Key to Stenson's success, reckons McGinley, is his driving, which combines power and accuracy with devastating effect.
"His driving statistics last week showed he was top three in driving accuracy and distance. That's unheard of," said the Sky Sports pundit.
"When you drive it 330-340 yards down the middle of most fairways the game all of a sudden becomes a lot easier.
"His iron shots and chipping is good, too, and he made a good putt on 15 to save par. That was really important for his momentum in the round and he went on to birdie two of the last three holes."
Defending champion Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, showed promising signs by moving to tied ninth or Friday.
The Ulsterman's six-under 67, containing five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys, was cause for optimism, says McGinley, who stopped short of tipping the former world number one for the win.
"Rory is coming strong," he said.
"We've seen signs for the last month that Rory is starting to turn the corner and get his confidence back.
"He's certainly a guy that's capable of going out there and shooting lights out but we'll have to wait and see.
"The graph is going back upwards for Rory and that's the most important thing."