There’s something to be said for peaking at the right time, especially when it comes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Henrik Stenson may be doing just that.
Stenson, playing his typical limited PGA TOUR schedule while balancing time on the European Tour, missed five cuts in six starts between the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the U.S. Open. For a long time, it looked as though it would be a lost season, from nearly any angle you looked at it.
Almost poetically, his season turned around at The Open, one year after his legendary duel with Phil Mickelson for the Claret Jug. After missed cuts at the Masters and the U.S. Open, even a tie for 11th at Royal Birkdale felt like a victory of sorts. Two more top-25 finishes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, and Stenson finally broke through with his victory at the Wyndham Championship.
With 1,275 FedEx Cup points, those 500 points that Stenson earned with that win have given Stenson a bit of a cushion this week. He currently sits in 26th place in the points race, and he’s fighting for his place in the TOUR Championship.
Stenson has worked his way into a position to be more successful than basically anybody else with his schedule could imagine. The perfect combination of form, motivation and opportunity should bring him to Atlanta next week.