Henrik Stenson Secures Latest LIV Golf Jackpot
HENRIK STENSON admitted last week that he had joined LIV Golf for the money. And it didn’t take long for the decision to pay off for the controversial Swede as he shot a final round of 69 to win at Trump National, beating Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff by two shots.
He hadn’t won a golf tournament since 2019 but this success was worth $4m. He had won less than $200,000 on the PGA Tour in 2022.
Stenson suggested all of the controversy and emotion since he was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy had lit a fire inside him ahead of this LIV debut.
"I think there might have been a little bit of extra motivation in there this week," he said. "When we as players have that, I think we can bring out the good stuff. I certainly did that this week.
"It has been a bit of a roller coaster, no question. Now it's about looking forward, for me at least, I'm super proud with the focus I managed to have this week… to come out and grind it out like I did over the last three days and to sit here as the winner.
"I guess we can agree I played like a captain," Stenson added after his win.
Who is Henrik Stenson?
Stenson was born in Gothenburg in April 1976 and is the only Swedish male golfer to win a major, The Open at Troon in 2016. He has won six times on the PGA Tour and 11 times on the DP World Tour.
He was a world-class amateur who turned professional in 1998, topping the rankings on the Challenge Tour in 1999. He joined the DP World Tour in 2001 and won the Benson and Hedges International Open in his maiden season.
He reached the top 20 in the world rankings in 2006 and the top 10 the following year after winning the WGC Accenture Match Play. He spent more than 100 weeks in the top 10 between 2007 and 2010. He won the Players Championship in 2009. After 2010 he lost his game and tumbled down the world rankings but in 2013 he won the Deutsche Bank Open, the Tour Championship and the DP World Tour Championship. The following year he reached No2 in the world rankings and once again won the DP World Tour Championship.
His crowning glory came at Royal Troon in 2016 when he won a thrilling Open, coming out on top after a glorious duel with Phil Mickelson. He has played in the Ryder Cup five times and was named European caption for the match in Italy next year but was stripped of the captaincy when he announced he was joining LIV Golf.
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