Henrik Stenson shows the cocky young ‘uns how golf is really done at the Tour Championship

Sharon Wong

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39-year old Henrik Stenson may seem like a bit of an old hand next to the shiny young 20-somethings taking the golf world by storm, but he’s showing us that not all grizzled veterans have lost their luster. While everyone rained attention on the hot new models, Stenson slyly snuck up behind us all and emerged from beneath the radar with a front-side 29, one off Tiger Woods’ course record, and ended up with a seven-under 63. Especially in light of the fact that superstar Jason Day’s been triple bogeying it, Henrik Stenson’s looking very much brighter than the Big 3 at the moment.

As the only player among the top five in points who hasn’t won a tournament this year, he stands a very good chance of bringing home the $10 million Fedex cup bonus if Jason Day continues to succumb to human error. And that’s even if he doesn’t keep holding his lead. Unlike Bill Haas, he’s pretty aware of what he stands to win.

“If I were to finish second and win the FedEx Cup, I’m pretty sure I’ll be smiling on Sunday. I’ll be smiling more if I got two trophies rather than one, but I’ll deal with one as well.”

To really see him in fighting form, you have to watch him conquering that 596-yard ninth hole with two 3-woods.