Stenson has lofty ambitions for Open defense

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Since last year's Open victory the 41-year-old Swede has lived life to the fullest, even taking the Claret Jug jet-skiing, and he arrived for his Royal Birkdale practice session on Tuesday driving a futuristic auto.

He said: "It's an iconic trophy and bringing it around the world gave me many memorable moments".

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"It definitely feels like it's turning the page, returning the Claret Jug, and now I can start looking at this week's competition and also for the years to come", Stenson said. "And I don't know which is going to be harder, winning the Claret Jug again or going skydiving afterwards because that thought scares me a little bit". Could Lee Westwood finally win a Major at the 78th time of trying?

The Swede finished tied 28th at Dundonald Links and believes playing in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open remains the best way to warm-up for this week's major. Certainly the three-time champion's "comical" "theft" of the famous trophy after teeing off on the first tee on Tuesday seemed grimly appropriate on the 25 anniversary of his last Open victory.

"But the two times I didn't go, I finished around 40th".

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"I think for me it's crucial, both to play the week before the Major is ideal for me, and also playing links because you just get in kind of that mindset of where you're going to land the ball and playing the three-quarter shots in the crosswinds", he said.

"It is a bit of a different game". "And then you've got guys like Henrik and Dustin, guys who are still young, but guys who have been around in contention many, many times, and it was sooner or later going to happen, and it did". Few saw Louis Oosthuizen hoisting the Claret Jug in 2010.

"I never felt it was a big problem not having won one, even though I badly wanted to win one", he told reporters.

The 22-year-old will be making his third appearance at The Open having first played in the major at Muirfield in 2013 when he won the silver medal as the best amateur in the field.

"I think it's a really impressive stat and it speaks to the state of the game". It's 90 per cent of the size so when you don't have the real one next to it you can't really tell the difference.

"More than anything I want to be able to enjoy being out there". "I worked hard my whole career to be able to win that championship past year, and I can't really put the pressure on myself that I'm going to win it again".

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