Stenson Shreds Abu Dhabi Field with Opening 64

Henrik Stenson showed why he’s the No. 1 ranked player in Europe on Thursday, shooting a 64.

“I just want to keep on developing my game, keep on working hard on that and come into the majors well prepared and well rested and try to put myself into contention,” Stenson said.

“I feel like I can make that Claret Jug get some company if I can do that, so I’m going to try my hardest.

Ranked No. 4 in the world, Stenson is coming off a year in which he won his first Major – the Open Championship – and won the Race to Dubai championship for the second time in four years.

“I think I scored a bit better than I played, but I kept it under control somewhat, hit a couple of close iron shots and made the putts. There wasn’t too much stress out there after all.”

Stenson took a 2-stroke lead over Martin Kaymer and three others who shot 66.

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