Henrik Stenson has the opportunity to create golfing history this week as he bids to become the first man to win both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same year, but will have to do so with a nagging-wrist injury.

He became the first Swede to win America's prestigious end-of-season event in August - earning a cool £6.3m in the process - and has the chance to win another bumper payday if he comes out on top in the European Tour's final event of the year.

However, the 37-year-old has never won on the European Tour and will face stiff competition from 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose, as well Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, who are second and third respectively in the standings. He will also have to combat an injury in his wrist that has plagued him for the last three weeks. 

"I'm focusing on playing the best I can with my circumstances," he told reporters. "It's similar to the situation we had going into Atlanta, and I kind of liked that set-up. The outcome worked out well for me there, so I hope it can be the same again. But it's going to take a lot of good golf. It's a quality field as always."

His close friend Rose - made an honorary member of the tour because his breakthrough-major win this year - is €213,000 behind Stenson in the standings and will not make it easy for him.

Former US Open champ McDowell is the only other player with his destiny in his own hands, and is expected to give his Swedish neighbour a run for his money having finished strongly at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. 

Rose, the current world number five, has previously won the Order of Merit (now called the Race to Dubai) joked: "I'd like to see if I'm strong enough to lift this new trophy. I've never held it, even if my name is on it.

"2007 came a bit out of the blue, it was a bit of an anomaly. This year has been built on more solid foundations, and therefore maybe means more."

While McDowell has previously complained about the Earth Course, it has been made faster and firmer this year, something he thinks will suit his game. 

"The rough is penal and the course has matured, hopefully as well as I have, and I'm ready to see what I can do this week with an open mind.

"The course is firmer and faster, which I think is going to suit me."

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