Stenson has aggressive Masters plan for Augusta

Mon Apr 4, 2016 6:39pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Swede Henrik Stenson exhibited his usual quick wit when he was made aware a European has not won the Masters since Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

"Well, we'll make it happen this year then,” Stenson said with a mischievous grin on Monday.

Stenson was only part joking. He has arrived at Augusta National in fine form after a runner-up finish at the Houston Open on Sunday and buoyed by a more aggressive game plan he developed from watching Jordan Spieth win last year's Masters.

Poised to celebrate his 40th birthday on Tuesday, Stenson played his first two rounds with Spieth and liked the assertive manner in which the American won his first major.

Stenson attacked Augusta in his final round a year ago and posted a four-under-par 68 to jump up into a tie for 19th.

“My final round last year, I went more aggressive and that's the lowest score I've shot around here,” Stenson said. “So that kind of put me in that direction; that I need to play a bit more aggressive.

“But you've still got to play well, otherwise you're not going to get the score that you want to get anyway.”

Stenson has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2013 Tour Championship which earned him a $10 million bonus. His second-place showing in Houston was his eighth runner-up finish on the PGA and European Tours since his win 30 months ago.   Continued...

Henrik Stenson tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston - The Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports