Stenson (66): Bubba 'can't really hit it that far'

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EDISON, N.J. – Henrik Stenson is one of the PGA Tour’s most methodical players. He’s also one of the game’s most clever players.

So on Friday, after a second-round 66 moved him into a share of the lead at The Barclays, he was asked if, like Bubba Watson, he has decided to forgo the measured approach at Plainfield Country Club.

“Bubba needs to hit a lot of drives because he can't really hit it that far. So he needs to get it out there. Obviously a different issue for me,” he smiled.

In fact, Stenson has taken the aggressive approach this week off the tee with solid results. He birdied two of his first three holes on his opening nine and made just a single bogey. Perhaps more importantly, he missed just three fairways on Friday.

“I still try to take a crack on a few of them, absolutely,” said Stenson, the 2013 FedEx Cup champion. “I took a little bit more aggressive position maybe, and when the rough is that thick, if you can get it inside 150 yards off the tee, then even if you're in the rough, you have a chance.”