Carnoustie: Henrik Stenson wouldn’t be playing at Carnoustie if this was an event on the regular tour.
The 2016 British Open champion says he is “not 100 per cent” because of inflammation in his left arm that forced him to withdraw from the Scottish Open last week.
He played 18 holes in his native Sweden on Saturday and didn’t feel great when he woke up the next day, before travelling to Scotland.
Stenson won’t be overdoing practise before teeing off on Thursday in a group containing Tommy Fleetwood and Jimmy Walker.
“It’s fun to be here,” Stenson said, “and we’ll do what we can.”
Stenson has some unfinished business at the British Open. Last year, he arrived at Royal Birkdale as the defending champion but saw the defence of the claret jug disrupted by a burglary at his rental home while he played his opening round.