Locals turning out to support him when he tees off in a group with world number two Hideki Matsuyama and US Open champion Brooks Koepka on Thursday morning have good reason to believe that Fleetwood can do them proud, too.
Stenson will hope to emulate the Irishman this year at the Merseyside course, but he has serious competition to contend with.
Other notable groups include: Zach Johnson, Sergio Garcia and and Jason Day (8:04 a.m. ET); Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Paul Casey (8:26 a.m. ET); Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel (9:48 a.m. ET); Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood (9:59 a.m. ET) and Phil Mickelson, Franceso Molinary and Marc Leishman (10:10 a.m. ET).
"I won the most points that week and, of course, it became famous for Jack Nicklaus's last-green concession in his halved singles with me that led to the match finishing in a 16-16 tie. I don't feel extra pressure from it". The historic course, which lies on the outskirts of the English seaside town of Southport, has seen some of the game's greatest players lift the famed Claret Jug after taming its windswept links, including Peter Thomson (1954 and 1965), Arnold Palmer (1961), Lee Trevino (1971) and Tom Watson (1983). I hit balls for an hour and a half last night, but then felt stiff and said, "That's enough". "I have a special feeling for Birkdale because I was named Most Valuable Player at the 1969 Ryder Cup there".
"So it's been a fun year for Spanish sports, but for Spanish golf it's been great". But we'll see how it plays throughout the week. So we're going to try to keep it as much as possible. As ever with the Open Championship, anything could happen.
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"Jordan (Spieth) is a really good role model for me".
A downbeat Henrik Stenson all-but dismissed his chances of retaining his Open title, despite a closing round of 68 in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
And the first order of business was to hand over the iconic trophy to R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers on the first tee, but Stenson will be doing everything in his power to be the last man standing once again on Sunday evening. "We certainly need to step that up quite a lot if we want to have anything to do with it next week".
"So definitely it's something that I would like to achieve and we're going to give it a shot this week. You never know, it might be the only time we're defending champion at the Open Championship so I might as well enjoy it". That is not to say none of those guys can turn things around.
After winning his epic duel with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon past year, Stenson went on to win Olympic silver in Rio and started 2017 with three top 10s in his first four events.