After an unavoidable break during the U.S. Open, Golf Tantrum is delighted to resume the Grading the Majors series.
Even more delightful is the fact that a Golf Tantrum favorite, world #2 Henrik Stenson, rose to the challenge at Hoylake last week, making grading The Open Championship a breeze.
For his first round club snap on live TV, Stenson earns an A.
The tall Swede was out in the morning on Thursday in a threesome with Angel Cabrera and Tiger Woods. But unlike so much of the field, Stenson simply wasn’t seizing on the easy scoring conditions. He double bogeyed number 12 after inexplicably putting off the green from approximately 25 feet, uphill. A few holes later, on 17, he hacked his way along the left rough.
As you watch this clip of Stenson’s reaction after he failed to reach the Par 4 in three shots, you’ll surely marvel as I did at his quick, efficient technique. That was no long, easily snapped graphite-shafted driver that you just saw Stenson break in two. It was a steel-shafted wedge.
Still, Henrik takes it apart with a violent burst of ruthless power, not unlike his golf swing itself.
Henrik went on to bogey the hole, shoot 72 on the day and finish at -2, in a tie for 39th. His Golf Tantrum grade of A, though, will surely provide some consolation to an otherwise poor week.
Here’s to hoping Stenson will combine better golf with his usual flair for the dramatic in a few weeks time at the PGA Championship in Louisville.