This is the time of year Henrik Stenson is usually over in Europe competing for a Race to Dubai title. The global golf schedule has been turned on its head in 2020, so the Swede finds himself in the U.S. for the next handful of weeks leading up to Augusta.
Stenson took five weeks off after the PGA Championship this summer. Shaking off the rust at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot proved too tall of a task, but he began to round into form last week at the Corales Puntacan Resort & Club Championship.
Four straight under-par rounds (70-69-69-71) helped him to T-21st in his tournament debut. The 44 year old used his trusty 3-wood to finish T-8th in the field in driving accuracy (82.14%). Stenson also scrambled and hit greens at over a 70% clip.
If putts start to fall, Stenson could be due for his first full field win since the 2017 Wyndham Championship.
This will be his Sanderson Farms Championship debut. Stenson has played well in the southeastern U.S. before with wins at the Players Championship and Tour Championship.
He ranked first on Tour in 2018-19 in strokes gained approach (1.149). Laying back off the tee like he’s prone to do isn’t ideal at the Country Club of Jackson, though we’ve seen shorter hitters get it done before.
I like Stenson to contend for his seventh career PGA Tour win.