News

Henrik Stenson crowns his second comeback

Henrik Stenson crowns his second comeback

Henrik Stenson of Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Massachusetts September 2, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

By Simon Evans

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson crowned his second comeback from serious slumps in form when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Sunday.

The Swede has been threatening to win throughout this season – finishing second at the British Open and third in the PGA Championship with a second-place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational sandwiched in between.

His victory was his first on the PGA Tour since his 2009 triumph at the Players Championship which was followed by a form slump that included a horrible 2011 where he missed cut after cut.

It was not the first time his brilliant putting faded and his smooth swing disappeared.

After winning his first European Tour title in 2001, Stenson’s form suddenly vanished and he faced a long climb back – a process he said was much harder than his 2011 toils.

“No question about it. It was more frustration this time but back then I was really lost and confused with my game and with my swing and everything,” he told reporters after his 66 secured a two-stroke win over American Steve Stricker.

“Now it has been more down to poor playing and the frustration of dealing with that.

“I’ve had enough good results to know that I can play this game at a very high level and not to be near that is, of course, frustrating,” added the Swede who has three PGA Tour wins and seven European Tour victories.

“The big turnaround came at the end of last year and then this spring as well when I was able to put in some good long-term hard work into place with my team. We’ve had the benefits of that this summer,” he added.

Two years ago, where he missed four cuts in a row and had just one top 20 finish all year, there was little sign of the calm and classy Stenson seen this week.

“2011 was a really poor season, by any standards. And I started coming back here the beginning of last year.

“At the end of last year I got my first win in three and a half years, by winning the South African Open Championship.

“I didn’t quite get it going early this year, kind of from Bay Hill, Houston time, I got my ticket to Augusta, and from then on it’s been steady progress, and a couple of fantastic months.

“This obviously is the icing on the cake. I was longing for a win and I got it. I’m very pleased with this week and my performances,” he said.

Throughout his slumps though Stenson said he never lost the belief that he would get back to winning ways.

“I’ve been low and frustrated at times but I think that if I let that get into my mind too deeply I wouldn’t be in this position today.

“I don’t give up. I’m not a quitter, I’ll always bounce back”.

 

Latest Headlines

in Music

Soundgarden fan sends death threats to Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at Rock on the Range on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

An obsessed fan of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been arrested and charged with sending death threats to the rocker and his family.

in Music

Arcade Fire confused by fans’ love for free downloads

Win Butler and Reed Parry of Arcade Fire perform at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival.

Arcade Fire are baffled by the avalanche of online file-sharing because fans will regularly buy expensive coffee but expect to get records for free.

in Music

Lars Ulrich fuels AC/DC Glastonbury rumor

Lars Ulrich of Metallica poses for portraits at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ulrich is promoting the film Metallica Through The Never, directed by Nimrod Antal.

Metallica star Lars Ulrich has fueled rumors rock veterans AC/DC will headline Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival next year.

in Music

Evanescence’s Amy Lee gives birth to baby boy

Amy Lee of American rock band Evanescence performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (Foto vom 02.10.11). "Jedes Mal, wenn wir ein Album machen, ist es ein grosser Meilenstein in meinem Leben", sagt die 29-jaehrige Frontfrau Amy Lee von Evanescence im dapd-Interview. "The Open Door" 2006 sei eine Art Abschied gewesen, "Evanescence" markiert nun einen Neuanfang. Die US-Rockband legt am kommenden Freitag (07.10.11) ihr drittes, selbstbetiteltes Album vor. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Felipe Dana/AP/dapd

Amy Lee introduces her first child to the world with her Instagram account.

in Sports

Star sprinter Torrin Lawrence dies at 25

FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, Torrin Lawrence reacts after his heat in the senior men's 400-meter dash at the U.S. Championships athletics meet in Des Moines, Iowa. Former University of Georgia 400-meter runner Torrin Lawrence died in a car accident early Monday, July 28, 2014 in Cordele, Ga. He was 25.

Celebrated track star Torrin Lawrence has been killed in a tragic road accident in Georgia.