Henrik Stenson couldn’t move to world No. 1 no matter what he did Sunday at the Nordea Masters. A pedestrian final round might have cost him his No. 2 ranking, however.
Vying for his first career victory at his home event, Stenson mixed five birdies with four bogeys Sunday and fell two shots shy of a three-man playoff, eventually won by Thongchai Jaidee. He began the final round in a share of the lead.
Needing an up and down on the par-5 18th to join the group at 16-under 272, Stenson instead flubbed his third shot into a bunker, then failed to hole the 10-footer comeback on his way to a deflating bogey. He has finished seventh and fifth in his last two starts, respectively.
Now, Stenson will have to keep an eye on what happens in the States. Bubba Watson has a one-shot lead at the Memorial, and if the left-hander can hold on he will rise to No. 2 and bump Stenson down one spot. If Bubba finishes second, the reigning FedEx Cup champion would remain at No. 2.