I almost forgot that the guy who is No. 1 in the world still plays golf. We haven't seen him in the U.S. since our national championship. Although I'm not a fan of playing so little and winning majors, it's hard to argue his numbers: 10 events in 2014 with six top-10s, including a win. His worst finish? A T-38 at the Players Championship.
This will be his best finish since 2011 (when he was fourth at Royal St. Georges). Bjorn is having an extremely good year on the European Tour and will have a chance to win the Race to Dubai. Although I don't see him winning a major anytime soon, contending wouldn't surprise me.
If you're not on this bandwagon yet, you'd better get some sneakers that help you jump, because he's the real deal. The biggest fallacy was that he tried to change his swing to go from hitting only a fade to hitting only a draw. The fade is and always has been his go-to shot, and now (unlike before) he can hit a draw whenever he wants. Dangerous? You bet your ass.
Since last year's Open Championship runner-up finish, this man has gone on to win the money title on two tours and accrue three wins. Stenson comes in having not missed a cut since the Honda Classic in February. Although he's close to touching the No. 1 ranking in the world, that will remain just out of reach after Royal Liverpool.