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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 252
I T FEELS like we’re ripping most of the world’s top 10 here, but a good portion of them have had very lacklustre 2017s. Henrik Stenson arguably tops that list, with the world No.8 yet to register another win anywhere in the world after his Open Championship triumph 12 months ago. Extended hangover? Perhaps, but he did play some incredibly tidy golf in January and February before well and truly falling off a cliff, with a withdrawal and three missed cuts in five starts at one point. Has had six top 20s in his seven starts since the last of those, but needs a big one here or he’ll soon find himself drifting south. R ORY McIlroy might still be No.4 in the world, but he’s certainly not playing like it. And now things have taken another turn, with the Northern Irishman turning in his best performance of the year with the T-4 at the Open Championship, and then sacking his caddie this week. But with no wins in 11 starts, 2017 thus far ranks as McIlroy’s worst since 2008. He didn’t play at Firestone in either 2015 or 2016, having won the thing in 2014, so it remains to be seen whether this venue will be the kick-start he needs. RORY McILROY HENRIK STENSON
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