With a seriously impressive vein of form on the go, the Tour Championship secured and a $10million Fed-Ex Cup bonus in his back pocket, we thought we’d have a look at Henrik Stenson, the golfer and the person.
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the super Swede…
Despite his talents with a mashie niblick in his hands, Stenson’s favourite sport is Formula 1. With a $10 million bonus now in his back pocket, golf might climb slightly higher on his list than its current position of 5!
His favourite courses are TPC Sawgrass and The Emirates in Dubai, as well as are “most of the British Open courses”. Given his strong showings in The Open and that one of his earliest golfing memories was watching Ian Baker-Finch triumph at Royal Birkdale, this isn’t a huge surprise.
Henrik obviously has an appreciation of golf’s most historic courses and his absolute favourite is the Old Course at St Andrews.
According to Stenson, Ian Poulter is the funniest player to play with on tour.
His favourite joke is “I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather; not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.” With an average driving distance on the PGA Tour of over 290 yards, we’d imagine his golf balls do plenty of screaming and yelling when the big Swede rips into them with a driver!
Stenson turned pro in 1998 off a handicap of +4 following a stellar amateur career including representing Sweden in the Eisenhower Trophy and St Andrews Trophy as well as winning numerous titles including the Italian Match Play Championship, defeating fellow European Tour winner Robert Jan-Derksen in the process.
The best tip Stenson has ever been given is “Don’t eat yellow snow!” Coming from Sweden, that advice actually might carry a bit more weight than it does in the UK!
His favourite word is “Great shot!” That’s actually two words so hopefully Henrik is careful when it comes to signing scorecards!
As is the case with most golfers, his least favourite word is “FFFOOOORRRRE!”
Stenson’s most memorable shots include chipping in on the 10th at The Belfry on his way to wining his first European Tour event; a sand wedge approach into the 72nd hole to set up victory at the Dubai Desert Classic and, of course, when he stripped down to his boxers to escape a water hazard on the Blue Monster at Doral!!!
Henrik’s famous shot from the mud at Doral.
In five years time, what does Henrik see himself doing?
“Polishing my Major trophies!”