While the Swede is slotted third in the Official World Golf Ranking, he's arguably the best golfer on the planet right now
. In his last 15 starts worldwide, Stenson has three wins, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth among 11 top 10s. During that stretch, he won both the FedExCup and the Race to Dubai. This is the third time that he's qualified for the winners-only soiree at Kapalua, but he's made just one appearance (T28, 2008). After a well-deserved break (and time to allow his ailing right wrist to heal as much as possible), he'll return to competition in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 16-19. Stenson plans
to play the entire Desert Swing, in fact, with stops in Qatar and Dubai in successive weeks, before making his 2014 PGA TOUR debut at the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Feb. 19-23. He's already 1-for-1 on the young season with a shocking T31 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.