It's been a lost year for 2009 THE PLAYERS champion Henrik Stenson
-- he's seen his Official World Golf Ranking dip from seventh to
45th -- and he says part of the blame lies on a nagging flu that
cost him two months in late summer.
After he finished tied for third in the British Open
Championship at St. Andrews, Stenson went into a tailspin that saw
him finish last in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone
Invitational, then miss the cut at four events in a row. "I was ill
for, like, eight weeks in total, with flu and chest infection and
stuff," Stenson said. "And I still tried to play. There was some
tough times. And last couple of weeks, I have been struggling."
Stenson has played in all three Fall Series events so far, but wild
driving at The Viking Classic (cut) and bad putting at The
McGladrey Classic (ditto) had him lacking momentum for this week's
Frys.com Open. But the Swede has come out firing this week at
CordeValle, where Stenson has kept the driver mainly in the bag
through two rounds. His 67-67 opener has him currently tied for
fifth, five shots behind Rocco Mediate. "[My] short game has been
unbelievable," said Stenson, who had just 52 putts in the first two
rounds. "I'm playing better, but it is definitely the short game
that has got me going and I think Seve [Ballesteros] would have
been proud if he watched me. "I'm at least enjoying myself now. I
haven't been there for a couple of weeks."