Ailing Stenson shoots lowest career Tour round


NORTON, Mass. – Like many players in this week’s field at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Henrik Stenson is feeling the effects of a late-season stretch that includes several key events across a compressed time frame. Unlike most, though, the Swede has been able to thrive at TPC Boston despite a sense of fatigue.

“I’m running on a spare battery at the moment, and I picked up a cold here a couple days ago,” said Stenson, who shares second place with Roberto Castro after an 8-under 63 during Saturday’s second round. “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get too much out of this tournament, but beware of the sick and injured golfer.”

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Stenson’s bogey-free effort in the second round resulted in his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and helped to further a stretch that has netted him four top-three finishes in his last five worldwide starts. Quickly rocketing up both the world rankings and the FedEx Cup standings, the former Players champion insists there is no sense of disappointment from his string of recent results that did not include a victory.

“The only one I was disappointed with was the Scottish Open. I had a two-shot lead and didn’t play my best on Sunday,” explained Stenson, who finished two shots out of a playoff last month at Castle Stuart. “Of course you’re going to be disappointed if you lose the tournament, but in my case here those tournaments have been won by some good players. And I’ve been up there.”

As he heads into the third round in Boston just one shot behind overnight leader Sergio Garcia, Stenson remains focused on putting himself in position to once again contend down the stretch on the final afternoon.

“I’ve said it so many times over these last two months, it’s a three-and-a-half-day marathon to be on the back nine on the final round,” he added. “This week is no different. That’s what we’re trying to do.”