Stenson finally healthy again

A fit and healthy Henrik Stenson is targeting a perfect start to the second half of the season on home soil this week.

The World No 4, who will be the star attraction at this week’s Nordea Masters in his native Sweden, has struggled with numerous illnesses this year but says they are finally behind him.

“I got sick which set me back for about six weeks,” Stenson said at PGA Sweden National on Wednesday.

“First I had proper man-flu which was horrible, then I got a vomiting bug that the kids had when we were at Augusta, so I came off one bad thing and straight into another one, then I had back-to-back colds.

“At that point I felt like if anyone sneezed within 500 yards of me I was getting it because my immune system was so low and broken down.

“But I’ve recovered and had a few good weeks in the gym, so I’m feeling healthy, but I’m playing catch-up which is hard in the middle of the season. I’ll do the best I can and hopefully have a good second half of the year.”

At last year’s Nordea Masters, Stenson finished fifth, narrowly missing out on the play-off involving Thongchai Jaidee and Ryder Cup team-mates Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher – which Jaidee would go on to win.

“It’s great to come back,” the 39-year-old added. “I really received a warm welcome last year, there was so much support for me and all the other Swedish players.

“I didn’t have my best finish and ran out of steam a bit on the Sunday. I still had a chance on the 18th and needed to make a birdie to be in the play-off, but that didn’t happen. Hopefully I can be there until the end this year.

“I grew up watching the event outside the ropes, then in 1996 I played my first one as an amateur and I’ve been part of it for most years since. It’s important to come back and be an inspiration for the next generation hopefully and to support a Swedish event.”