Henrik Stenson’s record at The Open is more impressive than most in recent years, with three top five finishes in his last five visits, and is looking to go one step further and fulfil a ‘boyhood dream’ by lifting the Claret Jug this week.
The Swede’s form has improved since his slump at the start of 2014, recording five consecutive top-10 finishes on the European Tour, but Stenson says there is still room for improvement in his game.
“I’m fairly happy with my form,” said Stenson. “It can always be better, but I’ve played okay. It’s all about hard work, putting yourself up there and hopefully your name will be on top or around the top of the leaderboard when you hit the back nine on Sunday.
Despite his strong finishes at The Open, Stenson is not resting on his laurels and is as hungry as ever to win golf’s most historic prize.
“The Open Championship is a highlight of any season, and for any player. It would mean the world to me to win this. I grew up watching this championship and it was a boyhood dream to play in the Ryder Cup and the other one was to win The Open Championship,” he said.
“Just because I’ve had some great success I don’t think that dream has gone away. It’s the last thing on my CV to make it complete, more or less.
A hectic 12 months has seen Stenson win the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship before suffering an arm injury which led to a dip in form. However, the injury gave Stenson a much-needed break, which he says will be invaluable at The Open.
“You’ve got to have a fresh mind when you start the week,” he said. “If you’re already tired, patience is going to run short if you do make mistakes and hit some bad shots and get off to a bad start. Chasing has never been the formula for good success here. It’s going to be a long four days and you’ve got to keep your patience.