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Stenson trying to salvage season

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Henrik Stenson is fighting his health and the golfing tides as he closes out a tough season.

“I’d been lying in bed for two weeks with fever, coughing,” he said.

That was before he finished last at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Tuesday of the PGA Championship he went to the hospital.

“I had chest x-rays,” he said. “It seemed to be some sort of chest infection. Now I’m on double antibiotics.”

And now, while not 100 percent, he’s faced with a daunting task. He’s 133 on the FedEx Cup points list, needing a good performance at Greensboro just to qualify for the Barclay’s.

“This is my 12th event,” he explained. “I kind of have to play this week to get to the minimum of 15 to maintain Tour membership. If I don’t qualify for Barclay’s, I’ll play three of four in the Fall Series to make my 15 starts.

“It’s been a bad year, but hopefully we can still turn it around.”