Stenson struggles to 71, falls three back in Abu Dhabi


On the heels of a bogey-free 64, Henrik Stenson was a little sloppier in Round 2 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Stenson had four birdies to go along with three bogeys at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for a 1-under 71. He’s now at 9 under par, three back of midway leader Martin Kaymer.

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Stenson entered the event with little practice under his belt. His previous event was the Hero World Challenge, in which he finished runner-up at the start of December. He didn’t arrive in Abu Dhabi until Tuesday, following a trip to Sweden, where he was honored as his country’s male athlete of the year.

The reigning Open champion birdied the first hole on Friday and turned in 2-under 34. But back-to-back bogeys to start his inward half were followed by six consecutive pars. He birdied the par-5 final hole to shoot under par.