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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 9 Henrik Stenson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 9: Henrik Stenson

Born: April 5, 1976, Gothenburg, Sweden | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4 (9 on the European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,755,070 (9th) | World Ranking: 7

Gary Williams' Take: Stenson, who turns 40 at the beginning of April, is one of the most accomplished players without a major, generally playing his best from September until the end of the year. Winning both the FedExCup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2013 was historic stuff, and he has posted recent major championship finishes of second, third and fourth, making it hard to imagine that his career would end without a major victory. Still, winning majors, let alone your first, after age 40 is a rare feat. Stenson's putter can be balky, but his overall stats were greatly improved in 2015, making it hard to fathom why he didn’t win last year.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 39
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T19
    U.S. Open – T27
    British Open – T40
    PGA Championship – T25
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T14 (2014)
    U.S. Open - T4 (2014)
    British Open – 2 (2013)
    PGA Championship – 3/T3 (2013, '15)
Top-10 Finishes: 9
Top-25 Finishes: 19
Missed Cuts: 9

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