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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 05: Henrik Stenson of Sweden acknowledges the crowd on the 16th hole during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 5, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson turned 36 on Thursday, and a very obvious birthday wish almost came true in the first round of the Masters. The Swede led the first major of the year for 17 holes before a snowman sent him tumbling down the leaderboard. After two inches of early-week rain, Augusta National was the perfect birthday gift for Stenson. A generally hard and fast course was softer and more receptive Thursday, allowing Stenson to take full advantage early in the day. His bogey-free 31 on the front nine included two eagles, on the par-5 second and eighth holes. Stenson continued his assault at the National with a birdie on the difficult par-4 10th hole to move to 6 under and firmly take the lead. Even a bogey on the 14th hole was erased quickly with a birdie on the par-5 15th to move Stenson back to 6 under. Still, Stenson's downfall came on the back nine, as he couldn't reproduce the magic he had on the front. "After 11, I didn't hit one fairway off the tee," Stenson said. "And that's obv...
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