HOYLAKE, England – Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson have been paired together often over the past year. Seven times since last August, to be exact.
So when they arrive on the first tee Thursday at Royal Liverpool for the first round of the British Open, they’ll be comfortable with each other’s company. Angel Cabrera will essentially join them as the third wheel.
“Henrik is a great guy,” Woods said Tuesday. “He’s fun to play with. He’s got a very dry sense of humor. He always tells jokes throughout the whole day. We’ve always gotten along for a very long time.”
Stenson knows that there will be a lot of focus on his famous playing partner. Although Stenson is five spots higher in the world ranking, Woods still moves the needle. He remains the game’s biggest draw and the interest is heightened this week because it’s Woods’ first major of the year after missing the first two because of back surgery. In fact, ESPN will have a digital channel focused solely on Woods.
“Where did mine go,” Stenson quipped.
The Swede was getting so many questions about Woods that an American reporter opted for a different approach, asking Stenson if he believes he strikes fear in Woods.
“Yeah, I think it would have been a lot of sleepless nights for him as of late,” Stenson joked. “He looked tired, didn’t he?”