Stenson looks for improvement

31 January 2018 21:46:07 GMTPlus11

Henrik Stenson is the highest-ranked player contesting this week's Maybank Championship as he returns to Kuala Lumpur for his first strokeplay event in Malaysia since 2005.

The Swede has started his season promisingly with tied eighth in Abu Dhabi and tied sixth in Dubai but the World No. 12 says there is much more to come.

"I still feel like it's been a bit of a struggle, though, long game has not been where I want it to be but putting has been pretty solid. I kept it together nicely, not making many mistakes despite that and I'm happy with that," said Stenson.

"Two top tens in the first two events and managed to get the win down here a few weeks ago so, all-in-all, a pleasing start but still got some things to work on."

That 'win' was the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur when Stenson won two of his three matches to help Europe to victory. He also has some good memories from 2005 when finishing tied fifth in the Malaysian Open.

"I haven't been playing much in Malaysia for the past ten years and now I've been here two times in a month so I'm back to being a local resident, I guess," he joked.

"It's a nice place, obviously a little bit on the hot side for us northern Europeans but we'll get by that and hopefully have another good week here in the early part of the year.

"It's continued to be pretty wet, it was wet when we were here three weeks ago and played the EurAsia Cup.

"The greens are very, very slow. I'm pretty pleased we're not playing Augusta next week because that would have been a big change. It's going to take a little bit of an effort to get the putts there but that's going to be the same for everyone."

Stenson is 8.50 to win the Maybank Championship, with Alexander Levy 15.00, Bernd Wiesberger 17.00 and Li Haotong 17.00.

Looking ahead, Stenson is 41.00 to win the US Masters.

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