Henrik Stenson happy with week's work despite playing "virtually no golf" in preparation for Abu Dhabi

The Swede finished tied for eighth on 13-under-par at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

BY Cian Roche 20:11 Sunday 22 January 2017, 20:11 22 Jan 2017

Image: Kamran Jebreili AP/Press Association Images

Henrik Stenson expressed satisfaction with his work at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship today, a finish of T8 good enough for a man who played 'no golf virtually for six weeks' ahead of the tournament. 

Tommy Fleetwood held off a late challenge from Dustin Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal to finish top of the pile on 17-under-par.

With some rust still on his game ahead of a busy 2017, Stenson admitted he was happy enough with how he performed in the desert. 

"I feel like I left some shots out there," he said. "Coming in yesterday on the last two, I felt I left two easy shots out there. That was frustrating. Today I felt I played good enough to win.

"I had my chances and some breaks against me, but played a pretty solid round of golf. I'm happy with my game.

"I didn't practice much, I played no golf virtually on the course for about six weeks. You're going to make one or two mistakes and I think I did that."


Henrik Stenson plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Read less

The 2016 champion golfer of the year explained he is still working some kinks out of his game and was disappointed to leave some shots out on the course.

"I birdied five and seven I felt like I was closing in a little bit, but it just didn't happen on the two par fives. I bogeyed nine, so on that three-hole stretch, I felt like I dropped two shots compared to most other guys. 

"I was still cracking on here until the finish, but the bogey on 17 really killed that momentum. 

"My game progressed as the week went on, but the scores just didn't quite catch up."


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