Henrik Stenson shot a bogey-free final round 66 to win Sunday’s Player’s Championship and tie the tournament record for largest deficit (five shots) overcome in the final round.
Stenson began the final round at 6-under just like Tiger Woods — and four others including Ian Poulter who finished in second — who was in the final pairing on Sunday in the “fifth major”.
And perhaps the most surprising story on Sunday was not Stenson’s come from behind win or Alex Cejka’s choke job, but how Woods failed to even matter on a Sunday when he was in the final pairing. Constanly acclaimed for his propensity to excel in such situations, this time around Woods was just as unimpressive as he’s been impressive countless times before.
And while we in the media never stop applauding him for how great he is those times, it seems like moments like these go unnoticed. Moments in which another great player like Stenson goes out and shoots an incredible round of 66 on a Sunday to win a major tournament like the Player’s in very Tiger-esque fashion and yet gets a fraction of the attention that Woods would get in the same situation.
It’s a shame and that’s why I’m here to give notice to a player that has proven to be one of the top six or seven golfers in the World, and certainly one of the least thought of in that group.
He’s right up there with Woods, Mickelson, Garcia, Ogilvy, Harrington and I’d say Camillo Villegas right now.
Don’t sleep on Henrik Stenson. He’s the real deal and at 33-years-0ld he’s not going anywhere. Congrats Henrik.