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Henrik Stenson poised to reach world number one spot

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If you had told Henrik Stenson this time last year that in 12 months time he would have a chance to hold the world number one ranking, he wouldn't have believed you. 

In early 2013, Stenson had shown glimpses of form and had played some very consistent golf, but apart from a tied second place finish at the Shell Houston Open in March to get into The Masters at the last minute, there were no real explosive tournaments from the big man.

Soon however, the glimpses that Stenson was showing became more and more frequent before a tied third place finish at the Scottish Open set off a quite remarkable run of form.

Stenson followed this Scottish Open performance in the coming tournaments with finishes in the top three at The Open Championship, WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship along with a win in The Barclays in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The 38-year-old Swede then incredibly went on to win both the European Tour Championship and PGA Tour Championship on his way to winning the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai, becoming the first player ever to do so in the process.

Now, approximately a year on from where that amazing run of form started, Stenson, the current world number three, has a very realistic chance to leapfrog both Tiger Woods and Adam Scott and claim the world number one spot for the very first time.

Scott, who only just reached the top spot for the first time himself this week, could be immediately displaced by both Stenson and Matt Kuchar. Kuchar has his work cut out however, as he needs a win in Texas and help from both Scott and Stenson to reach the summit.

Stenson, playing in one of the biggest tournaments of the year for world ranking points, has a fantastic chance of surpassing Scott. He needs a top 14 finish at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week to ensure he gets to the top, but a wide variety of scenarios depending on Scott's performance could lead to him getting there as well if he doesn't in fact achieve the top 14 finish.

Henrik Stenson: World Number One? Watch this space.

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