Henrik Stenson began 2012 ranked 230th in the world. His best career win to date was in 2007, when he captured the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. At 35, Stenson was just another face on tour, a middle of the pack player racking up the occasional win.
Fast forward nearly three years. Stenson is now ranked second in the world. He has spent over 100 weeks ranked in the world top ten and his career high ranking of second is the best by any Swedish golfer. In July 2013, Stenson finished runner-up at the 2013 Open Championship. That year, he also moved up to 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, and he won the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, thus becoming the first player to win both, and to do so in the same season. Stenson defended his DP World Tour Championship last month.
It’s been a remarkable and meteoric rise for Stenson, who at 38, has his sights set on golf’s highest achievements.
“It would be nice to have been ranked the world’s best at some point,” he said. “But if I had the choice I would go for a major championship, so I am going to try and be in good shape for them next year.”
Stenson, who resides in Orlando, Florida, will be 39 at the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament. He’s had mixed success in the Major Championships, and has yet to record at top 10 finish at Augusta:
Stenson’s best career Major performances:
Masters Tournament T14: 2014
U.S. Open T4: 2014
The Open Championship 2nd: 2013
PGA Championship 3rd/T3: 2013, 2014
It’s not now or never for Stenson, but if he is to capture his first Major, it would likely have to be within the next 3-4 years. Can he do it? The better question is – why can’t he?