Sten­son pes­simistic

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Hen­rik Sten­son is pes­simistic about his chances of suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing the Bri­tish Open ti­tle at Royal Birk­dale this week. The Swedish golfer shot his best round of the week at the Scot­tish Open at Irvine on Sunday — a 4-un­der 68 for a score of 4 un­der over­all — but it still wasn’t enough to raise his hopes of lift­ing the claret jug again. “I know I’m not re­ally where I want to be in my game and maybe noth­ing else, ei­ther,” Sten­son said, “but I’ll try to en­joy.” Sten­son hasn’t won a ti­tle since shoot­ing a fi­nal-round 63 at Royal Troon to win his first ma­jor. He said his ball-strik­ing hasn’t been good for the last 18 months, apart from dur­ing a two-month stretch in the sum­mer of 2016 when he won the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open in Ger­many fol­lowed by the Open Cham­pi­onship three weeks later.

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