Henrik Stenson has played superbly at Bay Hill the last several years – highlighted by three straight top-5 finishes (2014-2016). So it was only natural that the 40-year-old Swede was considered one of the heavy favorites this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
But after an opening round 3-over 75, Stenson will need to play much better on Friday just to make the weekend.
Or as he posted, jokingly, while rolling some play-doh, “If I don’t score better tomorrow this might be the only “doh” I’ll be making this week.”
Stenson started out on the 10th hole this morning, playing in one of the marquee groups (with Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Rose), and went bogey-bogey on the first two holes.
Birdies on the 3rd and 7th holes brought the reigning British Open champ back to even-par, but a double-bogey on 9, followed by a bogey on 10 ended any chance at a decent round. Stenson would par his way into the clubhouse over the final 8 holes to end at +3 and T90.