Stenson, 7 back, one round from Christmas break


NASSAU, Bahamas – After a third-round 66 at the Hero World Challenge, Henrik Stenson moved all the way up into a tie for second. But facing a seven-shot deficit in the year’s final event, the Swede is attacking Sunday’s finale with a unique approach.

“One round away from Christmas break,” Stenson said. “So try to finish off in good style and enjoy that break, because I’ve had a great year and I’m looking forward to some time off.”

Stenson’s 2016 campaign has undoubtedly been the best of his career, highlighted by his Open Championship win, Race to Dubai title, and Olympic silver medal.

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“All those trophies are dragging me down, really, and it’s hard to swim with all those on your back,” he joked. “No, it’s been a great year and I’m just going to take that time off to enjoy it and recharge for next year.”

Stenson made four front-nine birdies at Albany Golf Club, and he didn’t drop a shot until the par-4 16th hole. He’ll join Matsuyama in the final pairing, but the Swede knows that it will be a steep climb to catch the man who appears in control of the tournament.

“I’ve just got to go out and play well,” Stenson said. “I’ll just try to focus on my game, and hopefully have a good day tomorrow and we’ll see where it takes us.”