April 12 2011
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While putting out on the 18th hole Tuesday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, Henrik Stenson playfully batted his ball back and forth on the green, smiling.
The 2009 PLAYERS Champion missed the cut last week at Augusta, shooting 83-74 to finish last among all competitors. The rest of the season hasn’t been much better, with a first-round loss in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and only two rounds in the 60s in three stroke-play events. He’s T151 in FedExCup points.
But TPC Sawgrass is a comfort zone, and Tuesday the Swede made six birdies while playing with countryman Peter Hanson (making his first PLAYERS appearance next month) and a friend.
“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 said. “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.” --John Schwarb