August 22 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It's been two months since Henrik Stenson has finished outside the top 3 in a PGA TOUR event.
Thursday he gave no indication of slowing down anytime soon.
Stenson made nine birdies on his way to a 6-under 65 that has him one shot off the lead at The Barclays.
The Swede didn't arrive in New York from Europe until Monday night and saw the course just once prior to his opening round. There were also nearly six hours of weather delays to deal with, too.
It didn't matter.
After making the turn in 2 under, Stenson heated up on Liberty National's front side, making five birdies in a seven-hole stretch.
Stenson, who is playing in his first FedExCup Playoffs and came into the week ninth in the standings, missed just two fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation in what was a wet opening round with heavy rain twice dousing the course.
"You can throw whatever clubs you're throwing in there are just stopping," Stenson 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."
That should bode well for Stenson. He finished second there.