PGA Championship: Henrik Stenson a Serious Contender for the Wanamaker Trophy

By Carl Conrad
Henrik Stenson PGA Championship
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It should come as no surprise that Henrik Stenson is near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. Even though he hasn’t picked up a win this year, for the last month and a half, Stenson has been one of the hottest players in the world. Including the U.S. Open, Stenson has finished inside of the top 21 in his last five events. During that span he has two second place finishes and a third place result – one of those runner-ups was at the British Open.

Stenson is currently ranked 11th in the world and he has lived up to that status this week. The Swede is in third place heading into the final round at Oak Hill. He’s just two shots behind leader Jim Furyk and one shot shy of Jason Dufner, who currently sits in second place. Stenson has been steady all week long, carding rounds of 68 – 66 – 69 over the first three days. He’s one of very few golfers that have recorded scores below par in all three rounds. If he’s able to make that four in a row he has a great shot at picking up his first career major championship.

Should he pull out the win this week, Stenson will become the first Swede ever to win a major championship. Even though he’s enjoyed considerable success as of late he hasn’t lost his perspective or his sense of humor. “I think I should be at the majors, rather than my club championship. I’m a bit more pleased with my play here,” he said.

If I were a betting man I would have to seriously consider hitching my wagon to Stenson. I wouldn’t be surprised in the last bit if he is the one hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy tomorrow afternoon. “Golf is definitely a whole lot more fun than it was, you know, back in 2011,” Stenson said. “It’s more fun to show up at the races with a good gear box and a good set of tires.” It’ll be a whole lot more fun if he adds a major title to his bio.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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