Stenson's at level par despite eventful day

Henrik Stenson fired an even-par 72 in the first round of the Open Championship.
Henrik Stenson fired an even-par 72 in the first round of the Open Championship. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOYLAKE, England – Some even-par rounds are more eventful than others. Henrik Stenson reinforced that Thursday during the Open Championship first round when he putted a ball off of a green and, five holes later, broke a wedge over his knee.

The Swede made what he called a “good bogey” on the 458-yard 17th, where he hit three shots from heavy rough before reaching the green. But after the second swipe from high grass, a strong and upset Stenson snapped a shaft into two pieces.

“I didn’t see anything. Did you see anything?” the world’s No. 2 ranked golfer told reporters after shooting 72. But then he quickly added, “My gap wedge might need a little love after lunch.”

Yes, like a new shaft. He also was given the option of trying a new club, for by the time his caddie reached the equipment trailer afterward, Callaway Golf had a wedge waiting.

Stenson’s putter, though, was spared such rough treatment on No. 12. He was 2 under par when hitting the green in regulation on that difficult, 447-yard hole. But then he rapped his long putt past the hole and off the green. It rolled down a hill, leaving him a lob shot. He pitched to 7 feet and missed, making double bogey despite the GIR.

“I had a bit of everything today,” Stenson said.