So how does Henrik Stenson go from winning the Deutsche Bank Championship one week to wrecking a locker out of frustration at Conway Farms to shooting 64 in his first competitive round at East Lake to grab the first-round lead in the Tour Championship?
“I just needed to realize the world is a good place again,” said Stenson, who birdied five of his first seven holes on Thursday and is carrying a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Tour Championship.
Stenson ripped the door off a wooden locker after the rain-delayed final round of the BMW Championship last week, breaking the head off his TaylorMade driver in the tantrum. He has been in contact with the club and intends to make sure the locker is repaired while apologizing for his outburst.
“I’ve always been a bit of a hothead and it kind of builds up and eventually it goes over the limit,” Stenson said Thursday afternoon. “For me, it comes down to being tired … I was looking forward to that Monday back at home lying on the couch, the kids in school and me just doing nothing and I ended up playing golf again on Monday.
“I was just tired and I pushed myself over the edge there. That’s not the best place to be and not the best frame of mind to play good golf. I’m really delighted with the change I made (Thursday).”