LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Henrik Stenson’s left wrist was causing him so much discomfort Friday that he thought about withdrawing after his fourth hole.
Good thing he stuck around. He shot 63.
After fixing a ball mark on the previous hole, Stenson said his wrist locked up on the 13th hole and that the lunate bone needed to be put back in place by the on-site physiotherapist. It’s the same issue that plagued Stenson at the end of 2013, when he won the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai series.
“I was actually expecting that injury or problem to show up more than it has done in the last two seasons,” he said. “I’m not surprised.”
Stenson said he heard a "good pop" and then was on his way. Playing pain-free once again, he birdied four of the next five holes, then came home in 31 to rocket up to T-12 at 8-under 134, 10 shots behind Jason Day.
Stenson entered the BMW Championship at No. 4 in the FedEx Cup race, after back-to-back runner-up finishes in the playoffs. He had a three-shot lead with eight holes to play in Boston, but he hit the “wrong club at the wrong time” on 16, rinsing his tee shot and making double.
The good news for Stenson is that his wrist wasn’t much of a concern after the round. In fact, he hit balls for more than a half hour after he was finished.
“I made eight birdies,” he said with a smile, “so it can’t be that bad.”