Stenson eyeing US PGA and Olympic double - coach


Henrik Stenson's coach said the new Open champion has set his sights on a US PGA Championship and Olympic double after ending his wait for a first major at Royal Troon this month.

Stenson broke an Open record by finishing 20 under to come out on top in an epic duel with Phil Mickelson in South Ayrshire.

The Swede will attempt to follow up his Open heroics by mounting a challenge at the US PGA at Baltusrol this week, just a fortnight after lifting the Claret Jug.

Stenson will also be among the main contenders to win Olympic gold in Rio next month and his coach, Pete Cowen, said the 40-year-old is hungry to strike while the iron is hot by winning both titles.

He told Omnisport: "It's a bit like we always say about waiting for a bus, you wait for a long time for one to come along and then two will come at once. That could happen, there is no doubt about that.

"He doesn't drink and he keeps himself very fit so he'll go well into his 40s and give himself chances to win more majors.

"He's got the US PGA now and the Olympics and he's very keen to win both."

Cowen said that becoming the top-ranked golfer in the world is also very much on Stenson's agenda. 

"He's been number two, but he's never been number one. He wants that, he wants to be number one," he added.

Stenson will play the opening two rounds in New Jersey with this year's other two major champions, Danny Willett and Dustin Johnson. The trio will tee off at 1345 local time.