Henrik Stenson
43-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
It's hard to recall how Stenson earned more than $2.6 million last season, and that's because his best finish came way back at the season-opening event in late October. He had a nice stretch in spring as well, which resulted in three top-10s, but the second half of the season was terrible. Well, not terrible for the average golfer, but terrible for Stenson. Stenson fought through an elbow injury, which undoubtedly affected his performance, but his price for this season doesn't really reflect any missing time. As such, it's not an easy call with Stenson this season as he's bound to play better if he's healthy, but can he get back to say, $3 million? Stenson has topped $3 million just three times in the last six seasons, and although he has a huge upside, he's probably not worth the price this year in salary cap leagues. In all other formats, Stenson still has plenty of value however. Read Past Outlooks
Top-10 at U.S. Open
June 17, 2019
Stenson closed with a one-under 70 on Sunday at the U.S. Open to finish in a share of ninth place.
Stenson was able to get it to three-under-par for the round through the first seven holes, but made just one birdie coming in along with three bogeys. Stenson tied for the most fairways hit this week, but was dead last of all those that made the cut in distance. The Swede would finish top-15 in SG: Around, SG: Putting, and GIR's. Stenson has now two top-10's in as many weeks after just one in his first 11 starts this season. He is not listed in the field for the Travelers Championship.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For Stenson to just miss out on the Tour Championship was a bit miraculous as his season could not have started much worse. From mid-April through the U.S. Open, Stenson missed five of six cuts, which for a player of his caliber is almost unheard of. He managed to find his old form towards the end of the season, but he simply ran out of time to make it into the top-30. The slow start to the season provides us with a lot a value heading into this season as Stenson is almost certain to show a significant increase in earnings this season.
Stenson was close to having a great season, but injuries left him with just a very good one. That very good season included a win at the Open Championship, a runner-up at the Shell Houston Open and a Silver medal at the Olympics. Outside of those three evens, Stenson didn't put much on paper, but he was in the hunt at the PGA Championship until late Sunday. His prospects for a solid run through the FedEx Playoffs looked good as well, but a knee injury ended his season. Considering Stenson only played 14 events on the PGA Tour last year, it's reasonable to think he'll improve on his numbers from last season. With that in mind, Stenson makes for a decent salary cap play this season and he should go in the 2nd-round in draft leagues.
Stenson shocked the golfing world by capturing the Fed Ex Cup two years back, but in doing so, he set the bar way too high. Stenson is a quality player, but he's not a top-5 guy, which is where he ended the 2013 season. With that said, he's probably better than he showed last year, which makes him an interesting salary cap selection this year. He's probably worth a look in salary cap leagues and should go near rounds four or five in draft leagues.
What to do with Henrik Stenson. He came on like gang-busters last season, but he may have set the bar too high. It's not like he came out of nowhere last year, Stenson had been one of the better players on the planet about 5-7 years ago before his game fell apart, so there is a foundation to build on there, but is he really a top-5 player? For now it's probably best to let someone else take him in the top-5 of a draft and let the chips fall where they may. There are simply too many quality options at the top of the draft to take a chance on Stenson this year. That's also true in salary cap formats where his cap number from last year is just too high.
It wasn't too long ago that Stenson was one of the best players in the world. He hasn’t resembled that player in a few years, though. He's fallen off so much, that last year's effort was actually significantly better than what he did in 2011. Stenson still holds a decent World Golf Ranking, which could come in handy, but he needs to improve his play first - and that might be too much to ask. Stenson has plenty of upside, but it's been a few years since we've seen it. He's worth a look in salary cap leagues because his earnings number is so low, but don't expect much. He's also worth a late dart in draft leagues.
Last season, Stenson sure didn't resemble the player who won The Players in 2009 and the WGC Match-Play event in 2007. Actually, he hasn't resembled that player for a couple years now. Is this how Stenson is going to go out, or can he find some of that game again this year? At his current price, you might as well take a chance on him. His World Gold Ranking will get him into enough events to give him a chance, and he really only needs to play well once to justify the pick.
Stenson is one of the best players in the world, and his fantasy value will be higher than ever this season with the announcement that he will play on the PGA tour in 2010. Stenson earned more than $2.5 million last season in just 10 events, including a win at The Players Championship. Stenson is definitely a candidate to make a big jump up the rankings and the money list this season; so though he's not your typical sleeper pick, he's a good player to target in your draft. Stenson, who finished 2008 ranked at eighth, held onto eighth place in the final 2009 Official World Golf Rankings.
Stenson made an early season splash at the WGC Match Play Championship last season, but did little to back that up the rest of the way. After winning the match play event, there was talk of Stenson possibly being one of the best three or four players in the world. That talk quieted after he earned only one more top-10 the rest of the season. Stenson is a very good player, but he's not an elite player just yet. Considering the minimal amount of tournaments that he will most likely play in 2008, his price is a little too steep.
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Top-10 showing at RBC Canadian Open
June 9, 2019
Stenson shot an even-par 70 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to finish in a tie for eighth place.
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Ties for 37th in Ohio
June 2, 2019
Stenson closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament to finish two-under and tied for 37th.
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T48 at PGA Championship
May 20, 2019
Stenson closed with a one-over 71 on Sunday at the PGA Championship to finish eight-over and tied for 48th.
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Mediocre final round at Trinity Forest
May 13, 2019
Stenson closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish 13-under and tied for 20th.
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T28 at Quail Hollow
May 6, 2019
Stenson closed with a one-under 70 at the Wells Fargo Championship to finish in a tie for 28th place.
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