Henrik Stenson has been laying low in 2020. The Swede made just his seventh worldwide start of 2020 and third since COVID-19 last week at the U.S. Open.
It’s hard to blame the 44 year old for relaxing and staying safe. He’s done just about everything you can do in the game of golf for over two decades.
Normally the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship wouldn’t be an event Stenson would bother with. But he’s looking to find some form heading into Augusta in a couple months.
Stenson did look good at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational where he was par or better all four rounds (69-70-69-69) on the way to T-35th.
He also beat lots of big names in December to win the Hero World Challenge.
Stenson had just 10 measured rounds on the PGA Tour last season and was not in the statistical rankings. He would have been high on the charts in strokes gained approach (.564). He led the year prior in that stat at 1.149.
It’s hard to say how dialed in Stenson will be in his tournament debut this week. This course allows anybody to hit driver, so Stenson’s vaunted 3-wood might not be the advantage it is at tighter layouts.
I’m not sure he’s playing well enough to win, but by talent alone Stenson will get in the mix this week. He rarely plays tournaments with weak fields like this, so he should be licking his chops to earn his first full-field win since the 2017 Wyndham Championship.