Stenson: ‘I’ll have to go low
Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson knows he will have to mount a final-round charge to better his best finish in a major.
Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson knows he will have to mount a final-round charge if he is to better last year’s Open finish – his best at a major.
The 33-year-old Swede was six shots off the lead going into Sunday at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago.
Although he could not catch defending champion Padraig Harrington, a solid 18 holes lifted him to joint third with Greg Norman.
Having double-bogeyed his final hole at Turnberry today, Stenson signed for a 71 which left him two over and inside the top 20.
After previous rounds of 71 and 70 he will now have to go low tomorrow to put pressure on the leaders.
“We’ll see tomorrow if those two shots would have come in handy but it is never good to finish that way,” said the winner of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May.
“It happens sometimes and I can only regroup. I had a good day out there despite the six at the last and I’ll carry on for one more day.
“But it would have felt much nicer to be two shots closer to the lead tonight
“It is tough to shoot a really low number, you just have to drain a few 20-footers.
“Quite a few of the holes that – 20ft from the flag – is where you are aiming to hit it.
“I haven’t made that many so when tomorrow comes I need to get a couple of those in and get some momentum.
“If I can post a good number you never know if the other guys are going to run into trouble.”
Windy conditions mean Rory McIlroy is relieved to get off the course
Gusts of up to 35mph made for challenging conditions in Abu Dhabi.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson claims Abu Dhabi lead with course-record 63
The 28-year-old was one shot clear after the opening round at Yas Links.
Rory McIlroy taking inspiration from Tiger Woods ahead of Abu Dhabi Championship
The 32-year-old’s form since the Ryder Cup has given him “renewed optimism, excitement and anticipation”.
Collin Morikawa using Bahamas setback as motivation to become world number one
The two-time major winner squandered a five-shot lead on the final day at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last month.
Bryson DeChambeau: I don’t want to be a super-controversial figure
The big-hitting American was given some useful advice by Hollywood star Chris Pratt.
Webb Simpson eyeing Ryder Cup return after winless 2021
The American tees it up this week at the Sony Open, an event where he has a fine record.
Cameron Smith secures record-breaking wire-to-wire victory in Hawaii
The Australian made history at Kapalua with his winning total.
Viktor Hovland happy to be reunited with lost golf clubs in Hawaii
Viktor Hovland was able to breathe a sigh of relief after being reunited with his golf clubs six days after losing them in transit.
Phil Mickelson confirmed for Tournament of Champions after 21-year absence
Phil Mickelson has confirmed his participation in next month’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods ‘worn out’ after second-placed finish with son at PNC Championship
Team Woods finished two shots behind John Daly and his son John Daly II in Orlando.