As we head into post season play, the hottest player on both tours has to be 37 year-old Henrik Stenson. For a guy that was washed up two years ago, Stenson has had one of the better seasons on the PGA Tour, and has done everything but get a win in 2013. The number 10 player in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR) not only has the points lead in the Race To Dubai, he is sitting in eighth place on the FedEx Cup standings.
Henrik Stenson, who is from Gotthenburg Sweden, finished T2 and T3 in the last two majors of the year with a tie for third at Oak Hill last week, and was tied for second place at Muirfield. Sandwiched in the middle, was a second place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The following interview was after the PGA Championship, and is courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
The season didn’t start that great with Stenson when he was ousted in the first round at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, and missed the cut at the Honda Classic. He started to find his rhythm at Bay Hill where he finished tied for eighth place, but it was the Shell Houston Open where he hit full stride and almost cracked the winners circle.
He put constant pressure on the leaders, D.A. Points, and a hard charging Billy Horschel who was looking for his first win on the tour. Stenson finished tied for second place with Horschel.
His only two missed cuts in the US were the Honda Classic, and the Wells Fargo Championship, but finished with a top ten finish the following week at the Players in Ponte Vedre Beach.
Stinson took a brief loop through the European tour where he picked up a top ten at the Scottish Open. He finished tied for tenth place at the BMW Masters back in June.
I give Henrik Stenson as good a chance as anyone to win it all on either tour before the end of the year. He will obviously finish up with the FedEx competition, and head over to play the Race To Dubai finals before getting to the DP World Tour Championships,Dubai in December.
I know his performance this year is not Player of the Year material, but he has my vote for Comeback Player of the Year.All he needs to put the cap on a great 2013 season, is a win.