PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Twenty months ago Henrik Stenson was ranked 222nd in the world. His third-place finish at the PGA Championship will vault the Swede up into the top 10 for the first time since February 2010.
Stenson’s climb began in March when he finished runner-up at the Shell Houston Open to earn a spot into the Masters and he has now gone four consecutive global events with top-3 finishes (T-3 Scottish Open, second Open Championship, T-2 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, third PGA Championship).
Stenson, who is leading the European Tour money list, began the final round at Oak Hill two strokes out of the lead and pulled back to within two shots with a birdie at the 13th hole, but he hit his tee shot into a divot on the 14th hole and made bogey to finish at 7 under, three shots behind winner Jason Dufner.
“I’m happy and proud of my performance,” said Stenson, who finished with an even-par 70. “I didn’t play my absolute best today, (but) I was still giving it a good fight and I had an unbelievable round and some great tournaments in the last month.”