My first question: can Henrik be considered one of the world’s best golfers over the past few years? The answer is clear when I plotted his year-end rank since he turned pro in 1997. Check out his rankings from 2013-2015 and 2006-2009 where he averages in the top 10 if you exclude a slump during 2010-2012:
My next question: is there a correlation between the numbers of events played per year compared to Henrik’s annual rankings? When I plotted the two metrics together, you’ll see his rankings tend to be better the more he plays on tour:
Next, I wondered if he’s consistently making cuts and finishing on the leaderboard. When I filtered on just 2016 tour events and manually overrode a withdrawal or missed cut with a 75, you can see just three poor showings but also two victories and seven (50%) top 6 finishes in 2016. So he’s certainly playing at a high level this year:
My last question: did Henrik’s Open Championship victory spike his world ranking? When I looked at his ranking versus his finish at each 2016 event, there’s relatively little movement as a result of a single tournament. Henrik moved from 6th to 5th after the Open Championship but he’s been no lower than 7th year to date:
So the conclusion? Henrik Stenson is officially an elite golf stud. Look for him to make a run at the FedEx Cup this fall! And yes, I still like to think it has something to do with his bag.