Henrik Stenson targets Open 'revenge'

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• Henrik Stenson plotting Open revenge on Phil Mickelson
• Mickelson beat the Swede into second at Muirfield in 2013
• "It'll be great to hand one back to him tomorrow," he said

HENRIK STENSON | THE OPEN

Henrik Stenson is plotting revenge on ‘great competitor’ Phil Mickelson after the American pipped him into second place at the Open Championship in 2013.


The Swede was one of a host of big name players including Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott and Zach Johnson in contention to capture the Claret Jug at Muirfield three years ago but fell three shots short after Mickelson’s stunning run of four birdies over the closing six holes.

And, with Stenson one shot clear of Mickelson and six shots clear of third-placed Bill Haas, he is hoping the odds will be in his favour tomorrow as he chases his maiden major title.

“There’s always revenge,” said Henrik Stenson with a smile. “I was one of the guys at Muirfield where Phil won very deservedly and it’ll be great to hand one back to him tomorrow, absolutely. It’s going to take some good golfing to do it but I’m certainly willing to give it a try.”

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Henrik Stenson

Stenson turned 40 in April and having played with Mickelson - who is six years his senior - extensively throughout his career and particularly in recent weeks, knows just how tough it will be when the pair return to lock horns tomorrow.

“It’s going to be an exciting afternoon," he added. "He’s one of the best to play the game in the last 15-20 years and it’s going to be a tough match but I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’ve worked hard to get myself into this situation and I’ll be trying my hardest again tomorrow.

“I enjoy his company. He’s always fun to watch and plays some spectacular shots and he’s a great competitior. He’s inspiring and I know I have to bring my best to beat him. But there’s only one thing that matters tomorrow. I know he’s not going to back down and I’m not either.”


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