The Golf Blog Masters preview: Henrik Stenson

mulligan, 02 April 2007, Comments Off on The Golf Blog Masters preview: Henrik Stenson
Categories: henrik stenson, masters

We’ve already talked about two young guns who may make noise at the Masters this year — Aaron Baddeley and Charles Howell III. Today, it’s Henrik Stenson’s turn.

The 31-year-old Swede is currently 6th in the World Golf Rankings and 9th on the Money List. He won the Match Play Championship and placed 19th at the World Golf – CA Championships. He’s 1st in average distance of putts made, third in putting average (1.702), and 8th in scoring average (69.58). His driving is not as good, though: 189th in accuracy, 63rd in distance, and 182 in greens in regulation. He also won in Dubai this year in a field that included Tiger Woods. Stenson has played only in 1 Masters (last year), missing the cut.

Why I like Stenson? The guy has a solid golf game and has competed at the highest level at the World Golf Championship events. He has 9 tournament victories, worldwide. His putting is lights out, but the Masters is notorious for being 13-14 on the stimp meter. Again, inexperience at Augusta may hurt. The last European to win the Masters was in 1999 (Jose Maria Olazabal). No Swede has ever won.


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