Four of the past five U.S. Open champions are European, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden thinks Chambers Bay is suited for another European to win this week.
“Most of us have played a fair bit of links golf throughout the years and that will come in handy on a week like this,” Stenson said Tuesday afternoon. “It's different from what we normally play. You've got to be a bit more creative, I think, around the greens, and you've also got a lot of putts up and over. … Yeah, it could continue to play into the Europeans, hopefully.”
If the U.S. Open Championship Trophy stays in Europe, Stenson hopes it’s on his mantle.
Stenson, 39, has never won a major. But he’s been pounding on the door of late. He finished fourth at last year’s U.S. Open and was in the top 5 in four of the past eight majors.
Instead, it’s been other young European talent collecting the trophies.
“… When your friends are winning major championships and you play practice rounds with them in the past and you beat them every now and again, then, of course, you feel if they can do it, I can do it, too,” Stenson said. “I feel like I'm getting closer and closer. I've had some good success at the PGA. … It's all about giving yourself opportunities and that's the way I look at it, for the next three or four years, whatever, I hopefully have left out here in my prime.
“And if I can come in well prepared and have a good plan and put myself in the mix on a few occasions then I find some chances to walk away with at least one.”