Hero World Challenge Recap: Stenson Eagles for Win
Hero World Challenge Recap: Stenson Eagles for Win

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Certain golfers are inextricably linked with certain clubs. There's Rory McIlroy with the driver, Tiger Woods with long irons, Phil Mickelson with wedges, Jordan Spieth with the putter. And Henrik Stenson with fairway metals.

The Swede's two-decade career has been defined by laser-like efficiency with those clubs. But for all the soaring, majestic missiles that Stenson has launched through the years, he may never have hit one like he did in the final round of the Hero World Challenge on Saturday.

Stenson trailed by one stroke when he stood in the middle of the fairway, 259 yards out on the par-5 15th hole at Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas. From there, he unleashed a monumental 5-wood to eight inches for a kick-in eagle and a lead he would not relinquish.

"The shot of the day," Stenson said in the understatement of the day, or the year, maybe the decade.

The near-albatross vaulted Stenson past leader and defending champion Jon Rahm, and he parred the final three holes to close out his first victory in more than two years.

When Stenson won the 2017 Wyndham, he was ranked sixth in the world. At the Hero, he had plummeted to 40th after a largely disappointing year. With Stenson at 43 years old, it was natural to wonder what his golfing future would be.

While winning an 18-man invitational, even one with the best golfers in the world, is not a good indicator of really anything, Stenson will now move to

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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