Henrik Stenson had pain in his right wrist and still won the richest prize in golf at the final PGA Tour event of the year in Atlanta.
One month later, halfway around the world, not much has changed.
Stenson embarks on his bid Thursday at the BMW Masters in Shanghai to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. Thanks to his incredible summer run through two majors and a World Golf Championship, Stenson has a commanding lead -- 425,573 euros -- on the European Tour money list.
And yes, his wrist is still sore.
"I'm not sure what's going on," Stenson said. "I'm starting a seven-tournament stretch this week. It's not the best to have a wrist problem when going into that. But I'll do the best from here on in."
The Race to Dubai will be determined by the four tournaments called the "Final Series," which starts at Lake Malaren. That will be followed by the HSBC Champions across Shanghai at Sheshan International, and then stops in Turkey and Dubai.
The BMW Masters and Turkish Open offer $7 million in prize money, while the HSBC is $8.5 million as a WGC event, and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai is $8 million.
Stenson can put an exclamation point to his remarkable run this week, or be caught very quickly by the likes of Graeme McDowell or U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
The first matter of business is his wrist, which also was ailing the week he won the Tour Championship to claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
Stenson, though, saw enough improvement through therapy that he was able to play in the pro-am Wednesday.
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy have won the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in each of the last two years. Neither of them, however, won the FedEx Cup, which would make Stenson stand out. The 37-year-old Swede had his eyes on the Race to Dubai title even before he won the FedEx Cup.
"It's four big weeks coming up," said Stenson, who at No. 4 is the highest-ranked player at Lake Malaren.
Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry will return to defend their title. The field has four players from the top 10 in the world ranking -- PGA champion Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker. Still to be determined are two more players and the 12 two-man pairings.