Stenson (66) solid in tough conditions at Olympics


RIO DE JANEIRO – While many of the top players at the Olympics floundered in mediocrity, Henrik Stenson continued to do what Henrik Stenson does.

In the last group, the big Swede battled the windiest of the day’s conditions to cruise to a 5-under 66 at the Olympic Golf Course. He’s tied for second place with Canadian Graham DeLaet. They’re three shots behind surprise Aussie leader Marcus Fraser.

It’s the fourth time in the last five starts that Stenson has opened with a round in the 60s.

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“Hopefully confidence doesn’t wear off that easily,” Stenson said. “More than anything, I’m just focusing on my game and what I need to do, and I feel like I’ve got pretty good control over most areas of my game, what I need to focus on.”

The Open champion made four birdies on the front nine and cooled down a bit on the back nine. He made his lone bogey of the day on the 13th hole, but rallied with birdies on 15 and 18 to end the day.

“I was happy,” he said. “I played solid golf in tough conditions. I thought I hit the ball nicely, had quite a lot of chances.”