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Henrik Stenson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 4/5/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Henrik Stenson won an epic final-round duel with Phil Mickelson to win last year's Open Championship; he'll bid to win it again at Royal Birkdale this week.
There are some good historical pointers for the Swede. Padraig Harrington was DC when winning the last Open to be held at the Lancashire links in 2008. And in that very same Open, Stenson finished third after rounds of 76-72-70-71. Also runner-up at Muirfield in 2013, the 41-year-old owns four top threes in his last eight Open starts. Stenson last defended a title at this year's BMW International Open and finished T10 although, as with this week, it was a different course to the one he'd won on 12 months previous. Since then, his only start was T26 in last week's Scottish Open where he closed with a 68. He'll begin his title defense at 14:48 local Thursday alongside Jordan Spieth and Si-Woo Kim. Jul 19 - 7:01 AM

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Defending champion Henrik Stenson pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round at the BMW International in Germany, nudging up four spots to T2 and, at 8-under 136, just one back from fellow Swede Joakim Lagergren.

Stenson has missed five of his last eight worldwide cuts, the latest at the U.S. Open last week, but during that poor run he did post T3 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. And his play so far this week suggests another title push. Although he won this event at Gut Larchenhof last year, the Open champ has also tasted victory at this week's course, Golfclub München Eichenried, back in 2006 while he was also runner-up here in 2015. Stenson has made just two bogeys through 36 holes, his sole blemish today coming at No. 13 after he'd started par-birdie-par. He got back under par for the day with a birdie at 18 and found further circles at 1 and 8 to put himself in great position for a weekend title defense.
Jun 23 - 9:19 AM

Henrik Stenson has a solid if unspectacular record in the U.S. Open Championship which he will hope to build on at Erin Hills Golf Course this week.

There was a hint from Swedish journalists during the recent Nordea Masters that Stenson was getting a bit tetchy, that all the extra media work he was having to undertake was tiring his nerves and patience. If that’s true it might explain the lack of consistency this season. After a year in which he finally broke through to win a major (The Open) and also claimed a silver medal in the Olympics, he opened the season with three straight top tens then promptly added four straight missed cuts, since when he has added T16 at THE PLAYERS, T3 in the BMW PGA Championship and T26 in Sweden. He withdrew this time last year when T6 after an opening 69 (neck and knee issues), before that he had seven tournament top 30s in nine starts. Only once, however, when T4 in 2014 was he in contention with 36 or 18 holes to play.
Jun 13 - 10:52 AM

World No. 5 Henrik Stenson is the betting favorite at this week's Nordea Masters in his homeland of Sweden.

That seems an obvious statement although the market is close as Stenson's rivals include compatriot Alex Noren, who added to his four wins in the second half of 2016 with a superb come-from-behind victory in the BMW PGA Championship. Stenson was T3 himself at Wentworth and will now look to capture his home event for the first time after two second places and a pair of other top fives in his last eight appearances. One of those runner-up finishes came in 2004 at Barseback, the course he grew up on. "I know where to place the ball and where not to be and how to adjust myself to the greens and fairways so it's an advantage," he told, "but on the other hand this is one of the most difficult weeks because of all the commitments that comes from being back home."
May 31 - 9:14 AM

Henrik Stenson threatened to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before becoming one of many becalmed after the sensational finish of Alex Noren; he shot a final round 4-under-par 32-36=68 for T3 on 8-under 280.

For 12 holes Stenson was superb, ticking three in a row at 2, 3 and 4, adding another front nine birdie at 7 and back-to-back red at 11 and 12. Only a bogey at 9 had marred his day and he was tied for the lead, albeit with four others. Just then Noren made eagle at 18 to post 11-under and Stenson stumbled with bogey-5s at 13 and 15. His race was run when he ticked the 18th. "There was certainly some good stuff in there for sure," he said, "but I'm not playing good. Too many unforced errors. I'm not a big fan of the golf course, never bee, never played that great here. But it's been a great week."
May 28 - 2:06 PM

Henrik Stenson dug deep to post a second round 1-under-par 35-36=71 which gave him a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, good for T5, two behind the clubhouse leaders heading towards the end of the day at BMW PGA Championship.

The Swede's tour continued his inability to break 70 on Friday at the West Course since he debut in 2001 (when he shot 66). That runs now stretches to 12. It was something of a slog and yet it leaves him primed to make a run for a title he has never lifted, or take the secondary prize of earning a first top five in the tournament. On the front nine he squared the par-3 5th and responed to circle the par-4 8th. He made two back nine birdie-4s, at 12 and 17, but erred with bogey-5 at the 383-yard 16th.
May 26 - 12:37 PM

Henrik Stenson didn't have his best stuff today but still managed a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and, at 5-under 139, is just shots behind halfway leader Thomas Pieters.

It was a day of saving pars for the Open champ although he did let shots go with bogeys at 5 and 16. He wiped those out with birdies at 8 (holing a 30-foot bomb) and 12 and ensured an under-par lap after a superb third shot to the par-5 18th, his ball stopping two inches from the pin for a kick-in birdie. Stenson said later that he felt the greens were "a little on the slow side" compared to how they are on the PGA TOUR right now so he'll have to continue to make that adjustment over the weekend. He's currently T4 on the live leaderboard and, with the wind picking up for the afternoon starters, Stenson should be in one of the last groups out on Saturday.
May 26 - 8:32 AM

Henrik Stenson fired a superb back nine on the West Course to end round one at 4-under-par 35-33=68, good for T5 and two back of the lead in the BMW PGA Championship.

It was just the Swede's fifth sub-70 round at Wentworth in 39 attempts and exactly mirrors the number he opened his last appearance with, when T7 in 2014. On the front nine he scratched nine straight pars before he ticked 11, 12, 15 and 18 on the way home. He has a solid record on Fridays in his most recent visits to the course, going sub-par on the last four occasions. It leaves him two swings back of fellow countryman Johan Carlsson.
May 25 - 2:56 PM

Henrik Stenson has played in just one of the last six editions of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but he'll return to contest this week's event on the revamped West Course.

The 11-time European Tour winner finished T7 on his last appearance in 2014 and also made the top 10 in 2007. This will be his first event on English soil since he landed the Open Championship and presumably he feels the new layout, which has seen five greens remodelled, a 25% reduction in the number of bunkers and predicted easier scoring, will make it a more appealing proposition after some mixed form there down the years. Stenson's last start in a regular European Tour event resulted in second spot at the Dubai Desert Classic but he recently endured a baffling run of four straight missed cuts on the PGA TOUR (Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open, Masters, Zurich Classic). He restored some order with T16 at Sawgrass last time so will hope to build on that and show some more spark as he prepares for the defense of the claret jug at Royal Birkdale (northern England) this July.
May 23 - 7:53 AM

World No. 6 Henrik Stenson makes his tourney debut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and is teamed with 2015 champ and World No. 8 Justin Rose. UPDATE: With rounds of 72 (alternate shot) and 66 (best ball), Stenson & Rose missed the cut by one stroke.

The power-packed couple checks in as the pre-tourney faves outright (11/2) but heading in polar opposite directions. The Swede arrives 72nd in FedExCup points with two top 10s in six starts, but off three straight missed cuts -- the first time that's happened to him since 2011 -- most recently by two at the Masters (77-75). Rose arrives 9th in FEC points with four top 10s in eight starts, all doubling as top 5s, including solo second at the Sony and P2 at the Masters. Both are 4-timer Ryder Cuppers, major champions, went 1-2 at the 2016 Rio Games, and are multiple participants on various National Teams. Rose is 8-for-11 in NOLA with four top 10s, highlighted by the win in 2015 (as 54-hole co-leader), his most recent of seven TOUR titles. Stenson is a 5-time TOUR winner, most recently at the 2016 Open Championship.
Apr 26 - 4:54 PM

World No. 5 Henrik Stenson labored to a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in the second round of the 81st Masters and at 8-over-par 77-75=152, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 53 players (51 pros, 2 amateurs) made the cut of 6-over 150, the second consecutive year the cut landed on that number. At a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, Stenson was the highest up the bookmaker's food chain to depart early and has now missed three straight cuts on TOUR for the first time since missing four straight in 2011. The newly minted 41-year-old (Apr. 5th) kicked off with a one-birdie six-bogey 77 and squared four in R2 along with an opening double bogey-6, outbalancing one birdie and an eagle-3 at the second. For the short week, he landed 18 (of 28) fairways but just 18 greens in regulation. Other notable early departures include: 151- Defender Danny Willett; Shane Lowry; 2007 champ Zach Johnson ... 152- Alex Noren; 2-time champ Bubba Watson; Tommy Fleetwood; Rafa Cabrera Bello ... 153- Patrick Reed ... 155- Gary Woodland ... 158- Tyrrell Hatton.
Apr 7 - 7:46 PM

World No. 5 Henrik Stenson bobbed and weaved to a 2-over-par 37-37=74 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and at 5-over 75-74=149, missed the cut by two shots, his first missed cut at the Palmer Invite in nine appearances.

A total of 72 pros from a field of 118 pros and two amateurs made the cut of 3-over 147. Stenson was an 8/1 pre-tourney outright, just slightly under fave Rory McIlroy (13/2). He had put 15 of his last 16 rounds in the red at Bay Hill en route to four consecutive top 10s, including three straight top 5s, highlighted by solo 2nd in 2015. The 40-year-old, who arrived off a first-round WD at the WGC-Mexico and T7 at last week's Valspar (as the fave), never got going this week, outbalancing seven birdies with five bogeys, two doubles and a triple bogey-7. He posted a -4.915 SG: Tee-to-green, lowlighted by -5.965 SG: Around-the-green. Other notable early exits include: 148- Kevin Na; Sam Saunders; Brooks Koepka ... 149- Graham DeLaet ... 150- Branden Grace ... 151- 2-time champ Ernie Els; Chris Kirk; Anirban Lahiri ... 152- Webb Simpson; Thomas Pieters ... 155- Harris English ... 157- Patrick Rodgers.
Mar 17 - 7:24 PM

Top-ranked and pre-tourney fave Henrik Stenson carved out a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Valspar Championship for a 72-hole total of 8-under 276, down two places into a two-way T7, six back of first-time winner Adam Hadwin.

This was the 40-year-old's third appearance, third top 15 and second top 10 (4th/2015). It was his third start of the season, arriving off a first-round WD at the WGC-Mexico, and posting a T2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October. The Orlando resident was also solo 2nd at the unofficial Hero World Challenge. At No. 6 in OWGR, he was the top dog this week and posted rounds of 64-71-71-70, beginning the final round in a two-way T5 (seven back of Hadwin) and slightly outpacing two bogeys with three birdies, all from 12 feet and in. For the week, he tallied 14 birdies against six bogeys and was T32 in greens in regulation at 62.50 percent (45/72) but 9th in SG: Putting at 4.906, though a disappointing -0.845 in R4, missing four putts from inside of nine feet.
Mar 12 - 7:41 PM

Top-ranked and pre-tourney favorite Henrik Stenson pieced together an even-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to post 7-under 206, down one places to T5, seven back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin.

After opening in 64, the World No. 6 carded his second straight two-birdie two-bogey 71. He found eight (of 13) fairways but just seven greens in regulation, losing 0.474 strokes off-the-tee and gaining a pedestrian 0.080 strokes approaching-the-green. The 40-year-old squared bogey-5s at six and 16 (failed scrambles), erasing them with birdie-4s at five and 11, both from inside of 10 feet. He dropped four par-savers from between four and 12 feet, contributing to 0.816 SG: Putting.
Mar 11 - 5:34 PM

Henrik Stenson spun the tires in round two of the Valspar Championship, walking away with an even-par 35-36=71 to arrive at the midpoint on 7-under 135, three strokes off the leader Adam Hadwin.

The Swede kicked off his week with a stellar 7-under 64, and had a chance to separate from the field today. Instead, he struggled with the firm greens at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, finding a ho-hum 11 greens in regulation. Stenson lost 0.609 strokes approaching-the-green on the day. His putter showed up throughout the round, with the highlight being a 28'3" birdie bomb at the par-3 15th. Through two days at Innisbrook, Stenson has traded nine birdies with just two bogeys. He sits three strokes off the current lead but his cachet makes him one favorites heading into the weekend.
Mar 10 - 5:47 PM