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Golf’s real No. 1 is Henrik Stenson not Woods

Even though the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) list Tiger Woods at the top spot, the real No. 1 player in the world right now is clear Henrik Stenson.

He is playing the best golf of anyone — even with Tiger’s five victories in 2013.

Stenson, currently No. 2 behind Woods in the OWGR, won both FedEx Cup and Race To Dubai titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour, respectively. His year was quite a turnaround from 2012.

Last year, he finished 40th in the Race To Dubai Standings.

On the PGA Tour, Stenson’s 2012 results showed him ending up 115th on the Money List with 15 starts. This year his game jumped up across the board with statistics and he wound up second on the Money List with 18 starts. Quite a bounce-back year.

His PGA Tour on-the-course performance numbers reflected his results and spike in the rankings. In 2012, he finished 87th in the Greens In Regulation Percentage category. This year, he was first. Off the tee, he moved from 53rd in Driving Accuracy to inside the Top 10 at 7th best. And, his All-Around category number climbed from 48th in 2012 to 5th in 2013.

Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and then sealed the season with a mid-September three-shot victory at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. His season continued with a book-end triumph in mid-November on the European Tour at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Other Golf News:

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  • It was a difficult season for Sweden’s Carl Pettersson, who finished 2012 at No. 32 in the rankings. He is currently 106th.
  • The Ladies European Tour returns to action Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the ISPA Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.
  • Charles Howell III has three Top 10s heading into 2014 and is 9th in the FedEx Cup Standings. Jimmy Walker leads the standings after a victory at the Frys.com Open.
  • Ryan Moore leads the PGA Tour Money List after six events in the new 2013-2014 wrap-around season. Moore has earned more than $1.5 million.