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Henrik Stenson admits he is "certainly not happy" with recent performances

Henrik Stenson admits he is
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The former Open champion has dropped to 142nd in the world rankings.

Former Open champion Henrik Stenson is confident he still has the motivation and ability to work his way back to the top of the game.

Stenson reached a career-high of second in the world rankings in 2014 and won the 2016 Open with a record total of 20 under par following a memorable duel with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon.

The 45-year-old also held off a world-class field to win the Hero World Challenge in December 2019, but has failed to record a single top-10 finish since and has missed the cut in seven of his 11 events so far in 2021.

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Sweden's Henrik Stenson celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the Open Championship at Royal Troon (Danny Lawson/PA)

On the plus side, three of the made cuts came in a row and included both the Masters and US PGA Championship, giving the Ryder Cup star confidence his game is heading in the right direction.

"I'm certainly not happy with the way I've played these last couple of years," the world number 142 told a pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Porsche European Open.

"I've had a lot of great success over my career but the frustration of not playing the way I know I can and want to, that's enough motivation for me to be out there and spending the time to get back in good shape.

"In 2019, the only time I was really in contention I was up there with a world-class field at Tiger's event and managed to win it. I certainly feel like I've got what it takes to win out on Tour still.

"It's been a long journey trying to get my game in shape, we're still not there but it's a work in progress."

Stenson's poor recent form means he faces a massive task to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team in September, but he has not given up hope of being involved at Whistling Straits, especially after justifying a wild card in 2018 by winning all three of his matches in Paris.

"I'd love to play on another team," added Stenson, who will host the Scandinavian Mixed event with Annika Sorenstam next week.

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Henrik Stenson (top row, far left) celebrates after Europe's Ryder Cup victory in Paris in 2018 (David Davies/PA)

"I've played in five Ryder Cups, been on the winning team three times, all of them in Europe. I feel like I've got one thing to set straight on my Ryder Cup career and that would be to be on a winning team in America.

"I know I need to show a lot and pick up the pace in the next couple of months to have a chance to be on that team. Still not something we've given up on, there's a lot of work to do. It's in the back of my mind to perform to be in the mix.

"It would be nice to pick up some momentum this week before moving on to the home tournament in Sweden then onwards to the US Open. We're putting the hours in and we're hopeful it's going to start paying off."

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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