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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)

Sweden's Henrik Stenson heads into the European Tour's season-ending event in prime position to put ''icing on the cake'' by adding the European title to the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup crown he secured earlier in his remarkable 2013 season.

Stenson goes into the season-ending event in Dubai leading the money list by Euro 213,468 ($US 287,033), with the leading four players - Stenson, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter - separated by Euro 343,906 ($US 412,418).

''I have had the season of my life so far and I'm in a great position, and I just hope I can keep it going and make it happen,'' said Stenson.

''Regardless, it is the best season of my career. There has been so many positives and so many great moments and this week could be the icing on the cake.''

The Swede said winning the Race to Dubai would be comparable to winning the FedEx Cup.

''I'm a European and I've been brought up playing my golf on the European Tour, and the Tour has always had a very special place in my heart,'' Stenson said.

Mathematically anyone down to Victor Dubuisson of France, who is ninth on the Race to Dubai standings, can still be crowned 2013 European No. 1.

This week's DP World Tour Championship has some added spice, because Stenson and Poulter - neighbors on the Lake Nona estate in Orlando - have a bet that whoever finishes ahead of the other must pour drinks for the loser at a restaurant of his choice.

''That would be the worst outcome of the week having to pour drinks for Ian,'' said Stenson.

''I might be many things but I am not Ian's servant, and that is one job I decided many years ago I wasn't going to be.''

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However Stenson's main concern was not side bets but his right wrist.

He injured tendons on the wrist in the lead-up to last month's BMW Masters in Shanghai, and his practice in Dubai has been limited to just nine holes on the eve of the $8 million event.

He had an ultra-sound on Monday and scan on Tuesday, and will likely have to tolerate some discomfort through the coming weekend.

The normal field of Europe's top-60 has been cut by four players. Ernie Els is sitting out the event and fellow South African Charl Schwartzel did not qualify because he played just one of the opening three Final Series events.

Spain's Sergio Garcia also only contested one event of the last four, and Sweden's Alex Noren has withdrawn with a back injury.

Tagged: Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter

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