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Henrik Stenson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/5/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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World No. 4 and Olympic silver-medalist Henrik Stenson returns for his fourth Hero World Challenge and pegs it the first round with Olympic gold-medalist Justin Rose.
The 30-year-old was runner-up at the 2015 edition (Isleworth G&CC) in his first appearance since T5 in 2007 and was also solo 4th in 2006. He arrives off a T9 two weeks ago at the DP World Tour Championship, good enough to win the Race to Dubai, which followed solo 8th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Swede has made just one start so far this season on the PGA TOUR, finishing in a two-way T2 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC (69-71-67-65), seven adrift of champion Hideki Matsuyama. It was his ninth career runner-up in 158 career events, sixth in his last 27 starts. Nov 30 - 1:23 PM

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Henrik Stenson blitzed The Earth Course in 7-under-par 31-34=65 to end the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on 12-under 276, good enough for T8 when he signed his card, but more importantly sufficient to confirm his #1 ranking on the 2016 Race to Dubai.

The Swede, who had labored through the first 45 holes of the week, only to find something on the back nine Saturday, maintained that new pace on Sunday. Indeed, having posted five birdies in his last seven holes in round three he repeated the trick to open the final round (at 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7). The irrepressible form stalled with five pars before he made back-to-back red at 13 and 14. An errant tee shot at the par-three 17th led to bogey, but he scrambled for birdie at the last to seal the deal. Should he remain in the top ten by close of play it will be his 11th of a stellar season. The highlight was victory in The Open, a first major championship title, an effort underlined by his second Race to Dubai success. "It has been the best year of my career," he said afterwards. "Maybe not with consistency, but with The Open, the Olympics, and now this win."
Nov 20 - 6:33 AM

Henrik Stenson recovered to shoot a 2-under-par 38-32=70 in round three of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship but, despite a drop of five leaderboard spots on the day, he remains the hot favorite to seal the Race to Dubai on Sunday.

Danny Willett, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy had the chance to overtake Stenson this week but all are falling short of their targets. Rory, who needed a win, is T22 alongside Stenson at 5-under 211 while Willett is T51 after a 76 (he required top four at minimum). Noren just about kept his hopes alive with a 69 taking him to 7-under although that's five shots short of the top two that would still give him a chance. Stenson will be aware, though, that his fellow Swede closed with a 63 to win in South Africa last week. Today, Stenson struggled badly with three bogeys and seven pars in his opening 10 holes but hit back with five birdies in six holes from No. 12.
Nov 19 - 9:14 AM

Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson signed for a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round at the DP World Tour Championship, advancing 17 spots up the leaderboard to T16. UPDATE:R2 finished with Stenson T17 and six off the lead of 9-under. Noren is five off the pace, Willett six and McIlroy eight.

Right now, his score of 3-under 141 is just four off the clubhouse lead so the Swede still has the chance to close out the year with a bang by being crowned European No. 1 with a victory in this 60-man finale. But he can't breathe easy just yet. Danny Willett (70), who can also capture the Race to Dubai with a win, is tied with Stenson on 3-under while third-placed Alex Noren, who needs a top two finish to have a chance, is a shot better off on 4-under after a 69 of his own. The fourth contender, Rory McIlroy, bounced back from his miserable opening 75 with a 68 to get to 1-under, up 33 spots to T22. However, even if the Northern Irishman surges through to win this weekend, he would need Stenson to finish outside the top 45 which looks highly unlikely now. Open champion Stenson broke 70 today thanks to birdies at 3, 4, 15 and 18 against a single bogey at 12.
Nov 18 - 7:01 AM

Points leader Henrik Stenson could only manage an even-par 36-36=72 in round one of the DP World Tour Championship but remains clear favorite to win the Race to Dubai after his three rivals for the post failed to end the opening lap inside the top 20.

Regardless of what Stenson does this week, he'll win the race if Danny Willet, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy all fail to crack the top four. That trio are well short of that right now with Willett and Noren T24 after 71s and Rory, who has to win to have a chance of overtaking the other three, way back at T55 in the 60-man field after a miserable 3-over 75. Stenson could only find a single birdie today, that gain at No. 7 wiping out his bogey at No. 4. For the rest of the round it was pars as the Open champion found himself frequently in between clubs and failing to threaten the flag. His 72 leaves him in T33, six shots behind leader Lee Westwood.
Nov 17 - 7:57 AM

Danny Willett is second on the Race to Dubai heading into the final event of the European Tour season but still controls his own destiny.

Victory for the Masters champion in this week's DP World Tour Championship would see him leapfrog leader Henrik Stenson and be crowned European No. 1 for the first time. There are three other scenarios that would get him over the line. If Willett finishes fourth, Stenson needs to finish inside the top 30 to stay ahead of him. If Willett finishes third, Stenson needs a top nine finish to remain ahead of him in the race. If Willett finishes second, he wins the Race to Dubai if Stenson finishes outside the top two and Alex Noren does not win. Got that?! It looked as if the Englishman was running out of steam after some poor performances post-Ryder Cup but he flickered back to life with a strong weekend and T11 in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Augusta National hero admits the Earth Course doesn't suit him as much as the very big hitters but he's improved his finish there every year since T58 on debut in 2009 and posted T4 last year.
Nov 16 - 3:38 AM

Henrik Stenson has a healthy lead at the top of the Race to Dubai going into this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship but knows three players could still pip him.

The Swede has won this event twice (2013 and 2014) and the first of those saw him become European No. 1. He'll repeat that feat this week if his nearest challengers don't meet their testing targets; Rory McIlroy has to win, Alex Noren needs a top two and Danny Willet a top four. If they do, Stenson can still respond although a win for Willett would give the Masters champion top spot. Open winner Stenson recorded his ninth top 10 of the season (joint highest on the European Tour) with solo eighth in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge and that followed T2 in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. As well as his two wins in this event at the Earth Course, he has a long history of success in the United Arab Emirates, no surprise given that he made Dubai his winter home for many years.
Nov 14 - 4:17 PM

Henrik Stenson thrashed three late birdies to complete an opening round of 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

In 25 circuits played at the Gary Player Country Club the Swede has now never been placed worse than T7 at the end of the round. His opening lap this year leaves him in a pack of seven golfers tied fourth, just one swing behind the overnight leaders Jeunghun Wang, Ross Fisher and Felipe Aguilar. He started the day in rusty style, with six pars and one bogey through seven holes, but back-to-back birdies at the 8th and 9th got him through the turn in red numbers. A second bogey of the day at the 13th wiped that out, but he pressed the accelerator to post a hat-trick of par breakers at 15, 16 and 17. A strong up-and-down from off the final green confirmed he wold sign for a sub-70 score.
Nov 10 - 10:22 AM

Henrik Stenson tops the Race to Dubai standings going into this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa and has the chance to be confirmed as Europe's Number One for the season.

The Open champion would seal the deal if he wins and nearest rival Danny Willett fails to finish solo second. If not, the Englishman can still overhaul Stenson in next week's season-closing DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The UK bookmakers make the Swede a clear favorite to win at Gary Player Country Club this week and that's no surprise given his play this year, current form and previous success at the course. Stenson, who was runner-up in the WGC-HSBC Champions on his last start, has teed it up six times at this week's venue and boasts a win, three seconds and a pair of fourths. His win was by a crushing nine-shot margin in 2008. "I've had a really good year and it would be nice to finish it off with being Europe's Number One," Stenson told
Nov 8 - 7:30 PM

Henrik Stenson shot a flawless 7-under-par 32-33=65 in his final round at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, climbing six spots on the leaderboard to finish T2 on 16-under 272.

Not only is this the Swede's best finish in the event, in fact his first top 10 since it was given world golf championship status in 2009, it takes him to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. That became his revised target today once it became clear that leader and eventual seven-shot winner Hideki Matsuyama wasn't coming back to the field. Stenson splashed red at 2, 3, 5 and 7 on his front nine to turn in 32 and added further par breakers at 11 and 14. There was a big momentum swing at the 18th as he drained a 15 footer for birdie to secure T2 while Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher, who were level with the Open champion after 17, could only manage par and bogey respectively. That boosted his cheque considerably and took him above Danny Willett at the top of the standings. Stenson was ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy this week after hitting 13 (of 14) fairways for the second day running. He also missed just four greens in regulation on the weekend (fourth best in GIR overall).
Oct 30 - 4:10 AM

Henrik Stenson can reel in Race to Dubai leader Danny Willett with a big performance in this week's WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

The Swede (3,130,447) trails the Englishman (3,543,175) by just over 400,000 RTD points but the hefty purse on offer gives him the chance to leapfrog Willett ahead of the three-tournament Final Series which starts in Turkey next week. Stenson has two wins and a second from his last five European Tour starts, the '1' his incredible victory in the Open Championship. This is the Royal Troon hero's 10th start at Sheshan International. He had top 10s in 2007 and 2008 but his best result since the tournament became a WGC event in 2009 is T11 last year. His last three closers in this event read 67, 65, 65 so the Ryder Cup star will hope to make sure they're worth more this time by getting himself in contention over the first three days.
Oct 24 - 3:43 PM

In Match 2 of Sunday Singles at the 2016 Ryder Cup, Europe's Henrik Stenson beat American Jordan Spieth 3&2. Live Leaderboard: USA 9.5 Europe 7.5. Stenson ends his 5th appearance with a 2-3-0 record (7-7-2 overall), while Spieth wrapped his 2nd appearance at 2-2-1 and is 4-3-2 overall.

Spieth, who's yet to win a singles match in the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup, won the 1st and 5th with birdies, with Stenson getting back to AS with birdies at 3 and 8, and went back-to-back at 9 to go 1UP. The 40-year-old Swede extended to 2UP with birdie at 11 before Spieth won the 12th with par versus a Stenson 3-putt bogey. Stenson won the 13th on concession to go back to 2UP, and halved the 14th, missing from seven feet to go 3UP with 4 to play. The pair halved the 15th with birdies and the 23-year-old American went for the green at the par-5 16th in two and bounced into the water's edge. When he stepped into the water to take his stance and attempt a shot, the ball moved, resulting in a 1-stroke penalty and a hole (and match) concession.
Oct 2 - 4:04 PM

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost their Friday morning foursome match at Hazeltine National to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 3&2, but they flipped the script in afternoon four-balls, shellacking the same American duo 5&4 to register the first point for Team Europe, with the score now reading USA 4; Europe 1.

Reed birdied the par-4 first for the U.S. to take a 1UP lead, but it was the only hole the Americans would win. After their win earlier in the day, Reed/Spieth moved to 3-0-1 as a team in Ryder Cup play, but Stenson and Rose sent them to their first defeat in resounding fashion. Rose closed out the match with birdie-3 at 14, his fourth birdie of the match, but Stenson was the big dog, halving the second with birdie, and birdie wins on holes 4, 7 and 8, flipping a 1-hole deficit into a 2UP lead at the turn. The Swede's fifth birdie also won the par-3 13th. Speith and Reed each recorded three birdies in the match, but just the one at the first won a hole.
Sep 30 - 5:56 PM

Henrik Stenson will tee it up at the Hazeltine National Golf Club-hosted 2016 Ryder Cup having nursed his knee injury through the last few weeks.

The 40-year-old's major championship breakthrough at the Open Championship seemed ready to herald a barn-storming finale for the year. Alas that lingering knee injury has hampered his progress, causing him to mollycoddle the problem through the FedEx Cup play-offs with this week in mind. His summer run of T4-WD-1-T13-T17-2, including victory in the BMW International Open and Open, plus silver in the Olympics, became WD-T41 in the play-offs, which has to be a concern. He'll return to the course with fond memories of finishing T6 in the 2009 PGA Championship, when he ranked second for Total Accuracy. He was undefeated playing alongside Justin Rose at Gleneagles in 2014 and there is plenty of talk of the partnership being reestablished. At his best, brilliant, but oddly subdued in Ryder Cup singles, losing two of three (in contrast his entire individual match play record reads 24-18-5, including victory in the 2007 WGC World Match Play).
Sep 29 - 6:04 AM

Past champ Henrik Stenson returned to action with an opening 3-under-par 34-34=68 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts.

The 40-year-old withdrew after first-round 3-over 74 at The Barclays citing concern over his surgically repaired knee. He won the FedExCup in 2013, buoyed by his win here at TPC Boston, and let one get away last year, finishing solo second after leading thru 54 holes. The Swede kicked off with five birdies today, overshadowing bogey-5s at 12 and 14, missing a pair of par-savers from inside of eight feet. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and peppered 15 greens in regulation, posting 2.025 SG: Tee-to-Green and a mediocre 0.274 SG: Putting. Stenson's split featured three conversions from between six and 12 feet with a long of 21'11" at the par-4 10th.
Sep 2 - 2:20 PM