HUMBLE, Texas – With a sizzling 66 in the third round, Henrik Stenson played his way into contention at the Shell Houston Open. Now comes the tricky part.
Stenson has been a perennial contender in recent months, but he has not been able to break into the winner’s circle. He had five runner-up finishes last year without lifting a single trophy, and the Swede had another close call in his most recent start, finishing T-3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
For Stenson, it’s been a case of playing well – just not well enough.
“Sometimes you need a bit of luck on a few occasions. I don’t feel like I’ve quite had that,” Stenson said. “I think some of my fellow colleagues might have been more fortunate in those situations, and a few times I haven’t delivered what I need to deliver.”
Stenson opted to skip last week’s WGC-Dell Match Play, but the unique scheduling decision hasn’t had a negative effect on his play this week in Houston. At 10 under, he trails Jamie Lovemark and Jim Herman by a shot on a course where he consistently plays well.
Another opportunity to earn his first worldwide win since 2014 awaits, and this time the Swede hopes to cash in.
“It’s all about getting all the different parts together at the right time,” he said. “It’s a long year, lot of big tournaments, and it’s a good time to start playing well.”