The Masters: Henrik Stenson likely plays way into Augusta

Henrik Stenson will be in the 2013 Masters field. (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson will be in the 2013 Masters field. (Getty Images)

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Henrik Stenson shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open to likely play his way into the field at Augusta National.

Jason Sobel of Golf Channel did a good job outlining that Stenson needed to finish around 13th or better in the final round at Redstone to almost assuredly become one of the top 50 players in the world and get into the field at Augusta (this is the last week to qualify by that means). The official world golf rankings will come out on Monday.

Stenson should be within the top 50 comfortably. He was the leader in the clubhouse at 15-under, one back of D.A. Points, who was still on the course.

Stenson was No. 58 in the world after the Tampa Bay Championship just two weeks ago, but a T8 finish at Bay Hill and his performance on Sunday in Houston will usher him into the field at the Masters.

He's excited about the prospect, too. Here's what he told Golf Channel:

The way I’m playing now, I feel I’m playing better than any other time when I went to Augusta, so it would be a shame not to go when I’m in an upward trend in my game.

He'll get to prove it in two weeks.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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