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Henrik Stenson aiming for unique Middle East treble
December 31, 2009

World number eight Henrik Stenson is aiming to become the first golfer to land the Middle East treble when he competes in next month’s Abu Dhabi Championship.

The 33-year-old Swede, who has a home in the United Arab Emirates, will be up against the likes of European number one Lee Westwood, twice Abu Dhabi winner Paul Casey and Spaniard Sergio Garcia in the Jan. 21-24 event.

Exciting young Briton Rory McIlroy, Colombian Camilo Villegas and former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia are also in the field.

“It would be great to be the first golfer to complete the Middle East treble,” Stenson told the European Tour’s official website on Wednesday.

“I’ve been working hard during this winter break and want to come out firing on all cylinders. I’m going to get one or two events under my belt before coming to Abu Dhabi so I should be in good shape to make a strong challenge.”

Abu Dhabi is the first stop on the tour’s Middle East swing which also includes the Qatar Masters from Jan. 28-31 and the Dubai Desert Classic from Feb. 4-7.

Stenson, who finished second in Abu Dhabi in 2006 and 2008, won in Qatar in 2006 and in Dubai a year later.


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