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Published: 14:55 | 18/7/16

Stenson targets further glory


?Henrik Stenson is eyeing up more major victories after his stunning success in the Open Championship. ?

Stenson has gone close to breaking his major duck on a couple of occasions - he was third in successive USPGA Championships in 2013 and 2014 - but he has struggled to challenge in recent seasons.

After withdrawing during the second round of last month's US Open, the Swede went on to win the BMW International Open the following weekend and carried that form into the Open where he carded a superb 20-under-par to be crowned the champion golfer of the year.

Stenson admits he has not taken advantage of his opportunities in the last year but he believes the win in Germany helped lift the pressure ahead of the Open.

"In the last 15-18 months I had a lot of great opportunities," said Stenson. "I didn't finish the job the way I wanted and on a few of them it was a couple of youngsters from America (Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler) who did some good stuff and denied me the wins in particular in '15.

"So the win in Germany a couple of weeks ago was huge to get one over the finish line. You feel the pressure coming in and with not having won for a while, that always kind of builds up. It was great to get that win there."

Stenson will have little time to dwell on his success with the USPGA Championship at Baltusrol beginning on Thursday week before he jets to Brazil for the Rio Olympics, but the 40-year-old hopes his win in Scotland will open the floodgates for further success.

"We're only just getting started, aren't we?" Stenson added. "You never know once you open the floodgates what might happen.

"We've got a big schedule this summer. It's the PGA in a week's time (at Baltusrol) and then the Olympics. I was going to have a nice couple of relaxed days back home with the family, but it's all good things that will happen.

"And of course I'm going to be out there trying my hardest in a week's time at the PGA."

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