VIDEO: Henrik Stenson's shank at WGC-Cadillac
DORAL, Fla. – Henrik Stenson has struggled with his game in the past, but those well-documented struggles are behind the Swede as he is now the third-ranked player in the world.
But in Thursday’s first round, Stenson looked like most of us amateurs on the second hole as his wedge shot from 138 yards went directly right into a bush on the other side of the fairway and eventually was lost.
The shot, which many in golf refuse to utter, is called a “shank."
“A couple of times over the years,” Stenson said about his shanked shot. “I don't know, three or four times in the professional career. I've normally gotten away with it a little bit easier than what I did there. It's obviously not something we want to stand in to dig deep.”
Stenson confirmed that playing the shot again was not fun and that he didn’t feel great stepping in to a ball with a wedge in his hand.
“Anybody that's hit a shank knows it's not the nicest feeling,” Stenson said speaking the unspeakable.
Stenson would record a double-bogey and would finish his round on Friday shooting a 1-over 73.