Stenson's frustration boils over

July, 17, 2014

Henrik Stenson is ranked No. 2 in the world, and many view him as a prime contender at the Open. But he shot even-par 72 on Thursday and got so frustrated at one point he snapped a wedge over his knee on the 17th hole.

And that's not the first time Stenson's temper has gotten the best of him. A few years ago at the Masters, he had a meltdown playing the 18th hole after a poor shot in the first round. Last year at the BMW Championship near Chicago, he trashed his locker after the final round, later sending Conway Farms -- the host club -- a check for damages.

Stenson went on to win the FedEx Cup as well as the European Tour's Race to Dubai, and he's played some very good golf of late. But benign scoring conditions left him wondering what might have been on Thursday.

He didn't address specifically the club-breaking incident. For the record, it was a 52-degree wedge -- and another had been made for him by Callaway immediately after the round.

"It's mistakes causing me to shoot around level par," he said. "I'm making enough birdies. I'm hitting the ball good enough, giving myself enough chances. I make a bogey with a wedge in the middle of the fairway and a 7-iron from a par-3 tee box. I lose three shots in those two holes, where you shouldn't be losing any shots with those sort of clubs.

"If I can eliminate those sort of mistakes, those three shots better, it really is very close to being a lot better, I would think, in golf terms."

Bob Harig | email

ESPN Senior Writer