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Stenson Hoping Record-Breaking Year will lead to Major Success in 2014
Henrik Stenson has enjoyed a phenomenal year of golf after breaking records on both sides of the Atlantic. And now he hopes of finally landing a first major victory in 2014.
The Swedish star has seen his CV blossom in recent months after dominating the throughout the summer and chalking up seven top-ten finishes from his final nine events on the trail to winning the Race to Dubai title and FedEx Cup respectively.
Healthy his CV may now look, but there’s also plenty of interest in his bank balance, which currently rests at 1m Euros following victory in the DP World Tour Championship in November. However, Stenson sees these achievements purely as precursor to more important matters – matters which revolve around landing his first major title.
He finished second to Phil Mickelson in The Open at Muirfield, and then followed that up with a third-placed finish at USPGA. Now he firmly believes he has the right game to see him break his duck in 2014.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Stenson said: "From the US Open onwards I was on a really, really good run.
"Obviously my game was in good shape but my attitude and state of mind was phenomenal and the success I have had is down to the mental state I was in over that period.
"But you have to have a good golf game to back it up as well, and it all came together for me in 2013.
"I took so many positives out of my second place at The Open and third at the US PGA and that is what I will be trying to build on for next year, try to up my game that little bit more to put myself right in the mix."