Whilst history may remember the names Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner from the last few weeks of major championship golf, it is worth taking a moment to note Henrik Stenson’s return to golf’s world stage.
In his last four starts, Stenson has finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd and 3rd, including two majors.
In the space of a month he’s earned $2.35m and jumped from 32nd in the world back into the top-10.
The Swede is known for his impressive ball-striking, impressive tantrums and impressively inconsistent form. In the last 4 years, Stenson has gone from 4th in the world to No.230 and back into the top-10.
So how has he done it?
It would be easy to look at the stats and say that Stenson’s latest commitment to the game, his head and his swing, is finally paying off. On the PGA Tour this season, Stenson ranks:
- 2nd in Ball Striking
- 3rd in Greens In Regulation
- 4th in Driving Accuracy
- 4th in Total Driving
- 5th in Scoring
- 5th in 2013 Earnings
No other player comes close to ranking in the top-5 of each of these categories.
Whilst his putting is still a weakness (currently outside the top-100 on Tour in Strokes Gained Putting), his incredible ball striking from both the tee and the fairway gives him plenty of opportunities to score and compete.
HOWEVER…. I suspect there is more at play with Stenson’s miraculous career-comeback.
No, not PEDs? No, not deer-antler spray? No, not new equipment? Witchcraft. You heard me. Witchcraft.
Exhibit A: I spotted this evidence of Stenson’s witchcraft on Saturday. Watch as he casts a hole-seeking spell on his golf ball:
I will be attempting to translate this Swedish spell and trying it out at my home club this week. I will report back on its success. Feel free to try at home.
Until then, continue to wager your life savings on the Swede, there are no signs this run of form will end anytime soon.