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April 22 2011

9:33 PM

Stenson fires 68, with 20 putts

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Henrik Stenson broke 70 for the third time this year on Friday.

It's no secret that Henrik Stenson has fallen a long way since his breakthrough victory at the 2009 THE PLAYERS. He'll be back at TPC Sawgrass in a couple of weeks too, and one can only guess which Stenson will show up.

Stenson, who has fallen to 93rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, hasn't lost his enthusiasm for the game. He's rebuilt his swing before -- he endured years of struggle before becoming one of the world's best players -- and he might be doing it again. If anything, he won't stop trying.

“I’ve been struggling with my game for quite some time, but I hope I’ve turned the corner and it starts heading in the right direction,” Stenson told PGATOUR.COM's John Schwarb this month. “When you come back to a course you really enjoy playing and where you’ve won before, you get a lot of good memories and you can kind of build on that. I see myself doing well here again.”

Stenson shot a 68 in Round 2 that included only 20 putts -- 10 fewer than he took while shooting 78 on Thursday -- but his ball-striking continued to be a problem. He missed nine greens on Thursday and 10 on Friday.

Stenson's 20 putts were just two off the all-time PGA TOUR record, held by seven players. Two of those (Kenny Knox and Blake Adams) accomplished their feat on Harbour Town's tiny greens.

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