I knew Henrik Stenson had a win in him somewhere, but I was not surprised that he finally got it at The Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day Monday. Henrik Stenson has been to the top of the mountain more times in his career than Mohammed, and here he is again. His victory at TPC Boston comes a year after he lost his club championship to an amateur, and everyone had the 37 year-old Swede looking for a day job in some field other than professional golf.
Henrik Stenson has had a phenominal season on the PGA Tour, but has cruised under the Radar because he didn’t have a win. He has been the hottest player on both tours for most of the season, and has finally put an exclamation point on 2013. His win at The Deutsche Bank has propelled him into first place in FedEx Cup points, and he has a 14 point lead over incumbent, Tiger Woods as we progress to the BMW Championship in two weeks.
With his second place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and The Open Championship at Muirfield, he is also leading in Race To Dubai points. He is a good finish away at Conway Farms to having a distinct advantage when we go to Atlanta for the Tour Championship after the points are reset, and has almost a half million Euro lead over RTD second place Graeme McDowell.
With all but two of his starts in 2013 coming at PGA events, Stenson has missed only two cuts all year, and has seven top ten finishes to go along with nine top 25 finishes. He missed cuts at the Honda Classic, and The Wells Fargo. He seemed to come alive at Bay Hill with a T8 finish, then went on a tear. A two at the Shell Houston Open(he was there with DA Points, and Billy Horschel), a T5 at the Players, the second place at The Open, and a third place at the PGA…..Wow!!
In two pure European Tour starts, he was T 10 at the BMW Championship, and T 3 at the Scottish Open.
I feel like Henrik Stenson is on track to have a Rory McIlroy(2012) type of finish. His game is solid, he hits the ball well, has an impeccable iron game, and putts with precision. The only time he was in a bunker all week in Boston, swas the 17th on Monday, and he holed out for a birdie. He appears to be unflappable under pressure, and his determination never wavered in the face of so many close finishes this year. He was like the Energizer Bunny…he just kept coming! And of course, we will have to face him at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.