The hottest player in the world showed no signs of slowing down during the opening round of The Barclays. Henrik Stenson entered the FedEx Cup Playoffs on an absolute tear, and that form continued on Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club. The Swede is carded an opening round 65 – good for six under par. He’s currently one shot off of clubhouse leader Kevin Stadler.
Unlike many of the leaders, Stenson did have some bogeys on his card. He finished the round with nine birdies and three bogeys in a round that saw him par only six holes. There were certainly more peaks than valleys in Stenson’s first round which just goes to show how dangerous he could end up being in the playoffs.
His performance in the first round is indicative of the fact that the Swede was clearly throwing darts all day long. “You can throw whatever clubs you’re throwing in there are just stopping,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily make it that much easier when it gets soft, because you’ve got to watch the spin on every shot and not everywhere you can throw it past and then bring it back. I think that’s pretty similar to what we had at Oak Hill.”
The fact that this track is playing similarly to Oak Hill has to make Stenson happy considering he finished in solo third place at the PGA Championship two weeks ago. I fully expect him to be a contender late in the weekend and wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he picks up his first victory of the season.