Henrik Stenson

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Henrik Stenson
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Born (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976 (age 38)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14.1 st)
Nationality  Sweden
Residence Orlando, Florida
Spouse Emma Löfgren
Children Lisa, Karl
Career
Turned professional 1998
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2007)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
European Tour 8
Asian Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 1
Challenge Tour 3
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T14: 2014
U.S. Open T4: 2014
The Open Championship 2nd: 2013
PGA Championship 3rd/T3: 2013, 2014
Achievements and awards
Challenge Tour
Rankings winner
2000
FedEx Cup Champion 2013
Race to Dubai Champion 2013
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
2013

Henrik Stenson (born 5 April 1976) is a Swedish professional golfer who plays both on the PGA and European Tours. He has spent over 100 weeks ranked in the World top ten and his career high ranking of second is the best by any Swedish golfer. In July 2013, Stenson finished runner-up at the 2013 Open Championship. That year he also moved up to 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, and he won the U.S. PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, thus becoming the first player to win both, and to do so in the same season,[1][2] a "historic double".[3][4] Stenson described his feat as a "double-double" because in the process of winning these two seasonal points crowns, he also won the season finales of both tours.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Stenson was born in Gothenburg. He played his first round of golf at age 12. A natural left-hander, Stenson learned to play golf right-handed.[6][7][8] He was a 5 handicap by age 15 and, in his teen years during the early 1990s, began playing in junior and amateur tournaments. He played for the Swedish boys team in 1994.[9] He turned professional in 1999 and the following year topped the money rankings on the second tier golf tour in Europe, the Challenge Tour. He joined the main European Tour in 2001 and has won eight European Tour events. From 2005 to 2008 he finished each year in the top 10 of the European Order of Merit.

Stenson reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2006 and the top 10 in 2007.[10] Later in February, Stenson then became the first Swede to win one of the World Golf Championships when beating Geoff Ogilvy 2&1 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This victory took Stenson to the top of the European Order of Merit and also to a high of 5th in the world rankings, which was also the highest a Swedish player had ever been ranked, surpassing Jesper Parnevik's previous record of reaching seventh place in May 2000.[11] In all, he spent over 90 weeks in the top 10 of the rankings since 2007.[12][13]

These two victories put Stenson in the lead of the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit, but he failed to add to his success over the rest of the season and finished in fourth place.

Stenson made his Ryder Cup debut in 2006, and after getting a half-point in the foursomes against Stewart Cink and David Toms on the Friday, he had the honour of holing the winning putt and ensuring Europe won the Ryder Cup for a third consecutive time when beating Vaughn Taylor 4 & 3 in the Sunday singles. He played again in 2008 at Valhalla, tallying a win, a loss and a draw in the foursomes. However he was not as fortunate as two years before, losing the singles on Sunday 3 & 2 to an inspired Kenny Perry.

In March 2009 Stenson created a storm in the media after stripping to his underwear and golf glove in order to play a recovery shot from a muddy water hazard at the first round of the WGC-CA Championship.[14]

On 10 May 2009, Stenson won The Players Championship with a dominating final round score of 66 to finish four ahead of Ian Poulter. The win was his first American stroke play victory. This win again brought him to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking.[15] The following week he moved up to fourth without playing. Stenson would falter after reaching a career OWGR high, falling to 230th at the beginning of 2012.

On 5 April 2012, Stenson led during the first round of the Masters Tournament with two eagles on the front nine to lead at 6-under-par until the 18th hole. He scored a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 18th hole, tying the Masters' record for the highest score ever on that hole.[16]

In 2013, Stenson had his best year to date while winning several tournaments, scoring many high-place finishes, and earning a reputation among many observers as one of the best ball-strikers in the game.[17][18][19]

In the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, Stenson finished as the runner-up, three strokes behind Phil Mickelson, with a total of 284 (E) for the tournament. He shot a final round of 70 and held the lead for brief moments during the round, but was beaten by Mickelson's four birdie finish. This was Stenson's best performance in a major championship, bettering his two previous T3 finishes at the same championship. Stenson moved back inside the world's top 20 with this result. Stenson finished runner-up again the following month at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational behind Tiger Woods. He moved up to 11th in the world rankings on the back of this result.

In the year's next major championship, the 2013 PGA Championship, Stenson contended again on Sunday, teeing off in the penultimate group two strokes behind the leader Jim Furyk. Despite an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, that moved him to within one stroke of the leaders, Stenson was never quite able to build any momentum in an even-par round that included four bogeys. He finished alone in third place, three strokes behind the champion Jason Dufner. Stenson moved up one place in the world rankings to move back inside the world's top ten.

Stenson's good form continued into the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs, when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes over runner-up, Steve Stricker. It was the Swede's first PGA Tour victory in over three years. He tied the tournament record of −22 en route to his third career PGA Tour win.[20] The win vaulted him into first place in the FedEx Cup standings just ahead of Tiger Woods.

On 22 September 2013, Stenson won The Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.[21] He also tied his career best OWGR ranking of 4th.

He then moved up to a career best 3rd in the OWGR ranking on 3 November 2013.[22] He finished the 2013 season ranked first on the PGA Tour in greens in regulation, first in ball striking, second among money leaders, third in total driving, fourth in scoring average, and seventh in driving accuracy percentage.[23]

On 17 November 2013, he won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, thereby also winning the Race to Dubai which he was already leading. Having already won the FedEx Cup Series in September, he thus became the first player to win the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, and to do so in the same season,[1][2] a 'historic double'.[3][4] Stenson described his feat as a 'double-double' because in the process of winning these two seasonal points crowns, he also won the season finales of both tours (the Tour Championship and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).[5] He was later named European Tour Golfer of the Year.[24]

In May 2014, Stenson reached a career high ranking of number two in the world, trailing only Adam Scott. Over the course of 2014, Stenson achieved career-best finishes at the Masters (T14) and U.S. Open (T4) while tying a career-best finish at the PGA Championship (T3).

Personal life[edit]

Stenson married fellow Swede Emma Löfgren in Dubai ten years after meeting her at the University of South Carolina.[25][26] In July 2007, his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Lisa.[27] In 2010, the couple had their second child, a son named Karl.

Professional wins (16)[edit]

European Tour wins (8)[edit]

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Other European Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s) up
1 13 May 2001 Benson & Hedges International Open −12 (67-68-71-70=275) 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera, Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2 26 Sep 2004 The Heritage −19 (69-67-67-66=269) 4 strokes Spain Carlos Rodiles
3 29 Jan 2006 Commercialbank Qatar Masters1 −15 (66-68-71-68=273) 3 strokes England Paul Broadhurst
4 3 Sep 2006 BMW International Open −15 (71-68-66-68=273) Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
5 4 Feb 2007 Dubai Desert Classic −19 (68-64-69-68=269) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
6 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy
7 18 Nov 2012 South African Open Championship2 −17 (66-65-69-71=271) 3 strokes South Africa George Coetzee
8 17 Nov 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai −25 (68-64-67-64=263) 6 strokes England Ian Poulter

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2005 Scandinavian Masters Australia Mark Hensby Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2006 BMW Asian Open Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2006 BMW International Open South Africa Retief Goosen, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Won with eagle on first extra hole
4 2014 BMW International Open Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello, France Grégory Havret
Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
Zanotti won with par on fifth extra hole
Cabrera-Bello eliminated with par on fourth hole
Havret eliminated with birdie on second hole

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy
2 10 May 2009 The Players Championship −12 (68-69-73-66=276) 4 strokes England Ian Poulter
3 2 Sep 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship −22 (67-63-66-66=262) 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker
4 22 Sep 2013 Tour Championship −13 (64-66-69-68=267) 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth, United States Steve Stricker

Challenge Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 25 Jun 2000 DEXIA-BIL Luxembourg Open −18 (63-68-69-70=270) Playoff Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (am), Denmark Nils Roerbaek-Petersen
2 17 Sep 2000 Gula Sidorna Grand Prix −7 (66-69-71-71=277) 3 strokes Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen, England Kenneth Ferrie
3 5 Nov 2000 Challenge Tour Grand Final −18 (69-67-65-69=270) 5 strokes Sweden Mikael Lundberg, England Andrew Raitt,
Italy Michele Reale

Other wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 30 Nov 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup
(with Robert Karlsson)
−27 (65-67-66-63=261) 3 strokes Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
and Pablo Larrazábal
2 7 Dec 2008 Nedbank Golf Challenge −21 (63-71-65-68=267) 9 strokes United States Kenny Perry

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T17 T17 T38
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T26 CUT CUT 9
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T34 T48 CUT T3 T13
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 T14 CUT T4 T6
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T40 T18 T14
U.S. Open T29 T23 DNP T21 T4
The Open Championship T3 68 DNP 2 T39
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP 3 T3

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 4 8 6
The Open Championship 0 1 2 3 3 4 10 8
PGA Championship 0 0 2 3 4 5 8 6
Totals 0 1 4 7 9 17 35 26
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2011 U.S. Open – 2014 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 2 & 1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 1 3
Cadillac Championship T3 T13 T19 T57
Bridgestone Invitational T13 T31 T41 T16
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64 R64 DNP R64 R32
Cadillac Championship T77 T37 DNP DNP DNP T16
Bridgestone Invitational T29 80 DNP DNP T2 T19
HSBC Champions T40 T13 DNP DNP T31

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Ryder Cup points record
2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 Total
1.5 1.5 - - 3 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "With this Win: Henrik Stenson - DP World Tour Champion". PGA European Tour. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. "(Stenson) becomes the first player to win the FedEx Cup Series on the US PGA Tour and The Race to Dubai and in the same season." 
  2. ^ a b Hammond, Ashley (17 November 2013). "Donald and McIlroy praise Stenson's efforts - Pair impressed with Swede’s success on both sides of the Atlantic". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. "Although Stenson has not quite replicated the same feat as Donald and McIlroy, who achieved respective money list double acts in 2011 and 2012, Stenson is still the first golfer to win both play-off finales on the two tours. On the European Tour, the Race to Dubai is the money list, but in America the money list and season-ending FedExCup are separate, with Tiger Woods winning the PGA Tour money list this year. Donald said: "He has not won the money list in the US but he did win the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup, which neither Rory or myself did. Obviously that's very, very impressive. ..."" 
  3. ^ a b "Red-hot Stenson resets goals". PGA European Tour. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. "...after securing an historic double ... Stenson became the first man to win The European Tour's Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour in the same year." 
  4. ^ a b "Week 46 – Wins For World No 2 And 3". Official World Golf Ranking. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. "Henrik Stenson hailed a "dream season" as he claimed a historic double" 
  5. ^ a b Elling, Steve (17 November 2013). "Henrik Stenson overpowers Earth Course and field to double his pleasure". The National. Retrieved 19 November 2013. "A month after winning the FedEx Cup points title in Atlanta, Stenson breezed to the European Tour's Race to Dubai points title, too, pocketing a combined US$11 million (Dh40.4m) in bonus money and becoming the first member of both circuits to win the seasonal points crowns in the same year. He won the season finales on both tours in the process. "The double-double," Stenson said. "That's going to take some beating in the future."" 
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  19. ^ Cumberland, Baird. "A Sorenstam '80s Throwback?". jimmcclean.com. Jim McClean. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
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