NORTON, Mass. – Forgive Henrik Stenson if he sounds like a man in desperate need of a day off, but he’s come by it honestly.
This is the Swede’s eighth event since June’s U.S. Open, and he’s been in contention in every one of them except two (T-21 at the U.S. Open and T-43 at last week’s Barclays), which may make the Iceman the leading candidate for the Tour’s Ironman award, if such a recognition existed.
“It’s physically tiring, but it’s even more mentally tiring,” said Stenson, who moved back into contention with a 66 on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and is two shots off the lead held by Sergio Garcia. “I was tired last week at The Barclays and now I just saw the finish line this week, that I’m going to have a week off.”
Stenson has been on a torrid run this season, finishing third at the Scottish Open, second at the Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and third at the PGA Championship to move to 10th in the World Golf Ranking, 13th in the FedEx Cup and first on the European Tour’s Race for Dubai ranking.
“It’s been a great spell for me with these great tournaments. It’s also taken a lot out of me,” he said. “I’ve been in contention almost every week and that just eats away a little bit on the energy reserves.”
Stenson plans to finish out the FedEx Cup playoffs before taking a month off to rest for the European Tour’s “Final Series” that begins October in China.