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Henrik Stenson relying on home comforts at Nordea Masters

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Henrik Stenson returns home to Sweden for the first time since Christmas this week aiming to secure his first Nordea Masters title, as he begins his preparations for next month's U.S. Open. 

The new world number two, who is based in the States nowadays, has never won the only European Tour event to take place in his home country - something he is hoping to change this week. 

Having embarked on a sublime run last year that saw him win the lucrative FedEx Cup, the Race to Dubai and finish runner-up at The Open and place third at the US PGA Championship, the Swede is now widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading stars.

He currently sits above 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Stenson finished seventh at Wentworth last week at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA, and had Adam Scott not won over in Texas at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, he could have become officially the world's best player.

However, he will have the chance to rise to the top of the rankings again this week but to do so he will have win the Nordea Masters - something he has not achieved in his career so far. 

“I’ve not played in this tournament for a few years so it is good fun. I’m seeing a lot of people who I haven’t seen for a while.

"It’s always great to catch up with them and I am really feeling the support. It’s going to be fun to start playing. There are going to be a lot of people coming to watch.

“I’ve played the course five or six times. Even seeing it in course set up, with the tents and grandstands is different. It frames the course nicely though because it is a very open piece of land. The course is in great condition, too."

Stenson, 38, narrowly missed out on claiming his home tournament in 2005 when Mark Hensby stole the title away with a 30-foot putt at the last to force a playoff, before prevailing at the second extra hole. 

And the European golfer is desperate to avenge that loss that took "a week or two" to get over. 

“It would be great to win this week. I came very close in 2005 when I lost in a play-off when Hensby drained a 30-foot putt on the last to force a playoff and won on the second playoff hole.

"At that point it was very hard to take and it took a week or two for me to get over that. It would be nice to get revenge after being so close. We’ll try.”

Stenson's rise to second in the world is quite an incredible story following a loss of form that saw him slip to outside the top 200 just over two years ago. Now, he has sights set on sealing a maiden major title, but was relaxed about when that day might come. 

“I’m not impatient. It’s one of those things where I see myself having another three or four good years ahead and if I could be up there, I fancy my chances of walking away with at least one of them [majors].

"If it is this year, or next year, it doesn’t really matter. I’m playing well and hopefully I can do it one day.”

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