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The Tour Report

September 21 2013

10:01 AM

Stenson inspires fellow Swede


ATLANTA -- Henrik Stenson's phenomenal play at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is having an impact on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, as well.

Johan Carlsson, the 27-year-old Swede who leads the Challenge Tour's Kazakhstan Open, says he has been inspired by his countryman's performance. The San Diego State grad fired a 67 at Nurtau Golf Club on Saturday to open a two-stroke advantage.

Stenson came to East Lake ranked second in the FedExCup and currently leads the TOUR Championship by an impressive seven strokes through four holes in the third round. Stenson, who also leads the European Tour's Race to Dubai, won the Deutsche Bank Championship three weeks ago and has finished third or better in four of his last six starts.

“I have thought at about him, too, to be honest,” Carlsson said. “If he can do it we can all do it. I met him about a year ago and he’s just a normal guy. We’re all just normal guys that just manage to keep our mind in a good state on the golf course.

“It’s amazing what he is doing at the moment, and inspiring. He’s Swedish and he’s not a wonder-child, like Tiger Woods was. Hard work and working on the right things, no matter where you are in your career, can change everything and you can just start playing well.”