Henrik Stenson felt worn down at the start of the 2014 season, and it’s hard to blame him. Only a few months earlier he’d captured end-of-season prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, and his off-course demands grew exponentially.
His play suffered as a result, and he failed to finish in the top 10 in each of his first six events. Stenson came alive later in the season, posting top-fives in a pair of majors before winning his only title, the DP World Tour Championship.
Now, unlike last year, Stenson said he feels refreshed at the start of a new season.
“I guess compared to last year I feel like Superman standing here right now,” he said Wednesday. “It was a challenging year following up 2013’s success, more so starting the year fatigued and not ready to go. I feel like I’m in a better place now.”
Stenson will once again play three events on the European Tour’s desert swing before returning to Florida for a month of practice at home.
“I’m going to try and be as prepared as possible when I get to Augusta and the other majors,” he told reporters. “I feel with my scheduling this year I’m more in control. Last year was a bit of a hangover from 2013 and I was very low on energy.”
That tends to happen when a player earns nearly $20 million in 2013, including season-ending bonus money. But it’s not like his past year was a total disaster – he still improved his world ranking, from No. 3 to No. 2. Now, Stenson says, he better understands how to manage his time.
“I’m just better at saying no,” he said. “You learn that with time. I’ve still got to focus on practicing and resting and family and all the other bits. I’ve gotta look after myself as well.”