Stenson carries driver, just hardly ever uses it


ATLANTA – When Henrik Stenson won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup in 2013 he estimated he hit no more than “a handful” of drivers for the week.

The Swede seems headed for another week of measured success at East Lake as he moved out to a three-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth after a second-round 68 in wet conditions Friday.

Stenson didn’t hit his driver at all during his opening round and just once Friday - at the par-5 ninth hole, where his tee shot clipped a tree and he had to lay up.

Despite his tactical decision to eschew length for accuracy at East Lake, Stenson still ranks in the middle of the pack in driving distance (16th in the field of 28) with a 278-yard average Friday.

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In fact, considering his proficiency with his 3- and 4-wood off the tee he was asked if he’s ever considered taking his driver out of his bag and replacing it with another club?

“No, it’s a nice club to lean on when you’re standing there calculating your yardages. It’s nice for that,” he joked. “You never know when conditions [might] change and sometimes you feel like it.”