Stenson to 'wipe floor' at Tour finale, Fowler out of POTY running

Henrik Stenson jokes about winning, Rickie Fowler says award is two-horse race

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015

Henrik's humourous press conference 

Henrik Stenson reckons it should be a breeze to win this week's PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship.

The 39-year-old Swede, famed for his deadpan humour, won the event in 2013 to clinch the overall season-long FedEx Cup and says with no-one on form of late his task will be easy.

"I mean, it shouldn’t be too hard to wipe the floor with these guys this week, right? There’s no one that’s playing great and is sky high on confidence and no one with a bunch of majors and no one else that hits it 330 off the tee, so it shouldn’t be that hard,” he joked.

Stenson is ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup standings behind new world number one Jason Day, two-time major champion Jordan Spieth and Players champion Rickie Fowler and could theoretically finish third this week and still clinch the overall crown, despite not achieving a victory all season.

"If I finish second or third and win the overall, you won't see me leaving here crying. I know that much. Not out of sadness anyway," he said. 

It's between Spieth and Day, says Fowler

Rickie Fowler has ruled himself out of the Player of the Year award, and also poured cold water on world number one Rory McIlroy's chances. 

The Californian won the PGA Tour's flagship event, the Players Championship, and also tasted victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month.

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“I don’t think (McIlroy) or I are in the talk for Player of the Year right now," he said. "We have a tough decision between the two of those guys (Jordan Spieth and Jason Day).”

Voting for the award begins next week, with PGA Tour members choosing who wins the Jack Nicklaus Trophy.

Fowler can win the FedEx Cup with victory in the Tour Championship this week.

US used pod system in Solheim Cup

United States captain Juli Inkster said she employed Paul Azinger's pod system in her team's come-from-behind victory at last week's Solheim Cup in Germany.

Azinger used the system, which splits the 12 players into four teams, in the 2008 Ryder Cup, the last time the US won the Ryder Cup. 

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"I felt like it was really hard to get 12 women to really mesh in a week, even though they all know each other and they all get along," the 55-year-old said.

"I had them each take a personality profile test ... and it's worked out amazing as far as the camaraderie in each little pod. They love it.

Phil Mickelson trumpeted the pod system following the 2014 Ryder Cup, and said he hopes  future captains employ the technique.

 

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