It’s been pretty quiet from Henrik Stenson in recent years. Does the Ice Man have one more push left in his career?
I still think so.
He’s fallen outside the top 50 in the world rankings in part because he’s playing a lighter schedule these days. This week will be just his 10th worldwide start of 2020 and just his seventh on the PGA Tour.
Stenson missed the cut in his last start at the Sanderson Farms Championship, but he was T-21st prior at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He posted four more top-50s and won in December 2019 at the Hero World Challenge.
A lack of distance at many of the PGA Tour’s longer courses has harmed Stenson. He’s plenty long with his trusty 3-wood, but that still leaves him behind the bombers who aren’t afraid to pull driver.
A shorter course like Port Royal is right up his alley. He’s still a premier iron player as we saw when he led the Tour in strokes gained approach (1.149) in 2018-19.
In case you forgot that Stenson is a major champion, he reminded us in the coolest way possible. He pulled off the “Dreams” TikTok-inspired challenge by recording himself taking a sip out of the Claret Jug he won in 2016. That’s just a tad classier than a bottle of Ocean Spray.
I see Stenson hitting a boatload of greens this week to contend for the triangle trophy that could go right next to the jug on his mantle.