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Henrik Stenson

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

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Henrik Stenson fashioned a final round 3-under-par 69 for a 72-hole total of 272, good for solo second, but ultimately he could never catch the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Sergio Garcia at Emirates GC.
The Swede opened the final lap three shots back of Garcia, but left the first green trailing by four after his opponent made birdie. Stenson was struggling to make red numbers on the front nine and eventually only did so in unlikely fashion - after a drive left him in thick rough and behind a tree. His stunning approach to 12'0" was capitalized on however. Making the turn he started a move, ticking birdies at 10, 13 and 14 (despite also making bogey at 12). He was suddenly just two shots adrift but within a hole it was back to four: Stenson airmailed the green, failed to reach the putting surface with his first chip, made bogey. Garcia sealed a birdie and the Swede's race was run despite a final par breaker at the 72nd hole. This result is his seventh top eight finish in the tournament. Feb 5 - 8:02 AM

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Henrik Stenson stretched away from the field and into solo second with a third round 5-under-par 34-33=67, but his total of 13-under 203 trails the leader Sergio Garcia by three at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Swede stuttered early in the lap, making a birdie at the 5th, but immediately making bogey at No. 6. A second birdie at the 8th heralded a rush of them on the back nine at 10, 13, 15 and 18. But the Swede was also frustrated by his inability to birdie 16 and 17 despite giving himself opportunities from inside 15-feet. However his round had taken him two shots clear of Ian Poulter and Prom Meesawat, in third. Garcia played the final hole in complete darkness and yet still made birdie to take an extra stroke advantage into the final day. Stenson averages 69.62 in the final lap at the Emirates GC through 13 rounds.
Feb 4 - 9:35 AM

Henrik Stenson powered home in the delayed second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic; his 4-under-par 34-34=68 earning him a halfway total of 8-under 136, four strokes back of the leader Sergio Garcia at Emirates GC.

The Swede had made no headway in the few holes he managed in Friday afternoon's high wind, but crucially he had not fallen backwards. From that platform he was able to build early Saturday morning and although he took his time doing so, he'll eat a late breakfast with some sense of satisfaction. The first 13 holes had witnessed 12 pars and one birdie (at 7) whereupon he burst into life. However the first red at 14 was squandered when he made bogey at 15. No matter: he thrashed par breakers at 16, 17 and 18 to join George Coetzee on 8-under. It was his 12th consecutive sub-par second round on the Majlis course. He'll hope recent round three history will alter; he's not gone sub-70 in his last five attempts. He might need to change that to have a solid chance Sunday.
Feb 4 - 3:29 AM

Henrik Stenson carded a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 to lie T8 after 18 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates GC.

The Swede was coolness personified on the Majlis course. His first nine (the back) was elegance itself, with a birdie-4 to open it and another to close it, with seven pars in between. On the front nine his red numbers came back-to-back at the 2nd and 3rd. It was the 13th time he has broken par in the opening lap at the course, the ninth occassion he has gone sub-70, yet only the fourth time he has been inside the top ten at this stage. One of the latter instances was his victory in 2007 when he was T10 after day one. He has posted two 64s and a 65 in round two of this event, his three best scores on the course. To do so tomorrow would be extraordinary given the wind forecast, but the good omens go beyond even the three low scores. In round two here 8 of his last 10 have been sub-70 and every one of the last 11 have seen him break par.
Feb 2 - 9:02 AM

World No. 2 Henrik Stenson will peg it up in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the 17th straight year and he's the clear leader in the betting ahead of his annual visit.

With Rory McIlroy absent, the Swede is the only member of the world's top 10 taking part at Emirates GC. Stenson enjoyed a run of five straight top 10s in this event between 2006 and 2010, the highlight his one-stroke win over Ernie Els in 2007. Following T8 in 2010, he failed to crack the top 10 in five attempts but normal service was resumed when he took T6 last year. Stenson returned to action with T8 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago where any possible rust showed in his short game. The 40-year-old was 1st for Driving Accuracy and 7th for GIR but a shoddy 71st in Scrambling, getting up and down just 25% of the time. Presuming he's sharpened that side of his game up, he'll be expected to push strongly for the title on Sunday and land his fourth title in the United Arab Emirates following his win here 10 years ago and back-to-back victories in the DP World Tour Championship (2013 & 2014).
Jan 31 - 1:37 PM

First-round leader Henrik Stenson had to settle for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 on day two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, dropping four spots on the leaderboard to T5 and three behind new pacesetter Martin Kaymer.

Not the day the Swede wanted after his sparkling 64 yesterday but at 9-under 135 he's still in strong position to win this tournament for the first time. For the second day running, Stenson played Abu Dhabi GC's front nine in 2-under 34 and those birdies at 1, 4 and 8 against a bogey at 3 took him to 10-under. The difference came from 10-18 as he needed seven more swings than Thursday. The Open champ started it with what he called "soft bogeys" at 10 and 11 and couldn't find a spark after that, scribbling in six straight pars. Stenson did at least end on a good note with an up and down for birdie at 18 so he'll hope this was his slow day.
Jan 20 - 7:59 AM

Henrik Stenson lit up the first morning of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sparkling opening lap of 8-under-par 30-34=64, finishing the day two clear of Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Marc Warren.

In 11 previous starts at the Abu Dhabi GC the Swede's first round score has been a real indictaor of his week's intentions: five times he has been in the top five after 18 holes and four times he contended. Meanwhile whenever he struggles early on, it stays that way all week. Moreover in 36 previous rounds he has bettered 64 just the once, a third round 62 on debut in 2006; yet more evidence that he's hit 2017 running. In fact it was his opening nine (the back nine) which witnessed most of the drama. He made birdie at the 10th before adding a hat-trick of red from the 12th thanks to a stunning approach to 13 which left him 3'0" and a chip-in at the 14th. He closed the stretch with back-to-back par breakers at 17 and 18 before a becalmed stretch through the heart of the front nine. Yet he ticked the 7th and made it eight birdies for the day with a 6'0" conversion on the 9th. I'm delighted with that score. I think I scored a bit better than what I played," he said.
Jan 19 - 4:06 AM

Henrik Stenson has won the other two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates and will try to complete the set at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Open champion landed the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and won the DP World Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014. It all makes sense given that he made Dubai his home for 10 years. The Swede has gone close to winning in Abu Dhabi on several occasions, finishing runner-up in both 2006 and 2008 before finishing third last year. However, before gamers invest, it's worth noting that Stenson endured a sustained run of poor form in this event between 2009 and 2015 when he missed four cuts and didn't manage a single top 20. He put that down to rust. As for his well-being ahead of this week's event? He told "It's a bit of a soft start for me in terms of practice, but the game feels pretty good. So I hope we can carry on from where I left it last year, and we'll just see if it's been conserved well enough over Christmas."
Jan 18 - 7:19 AM

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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 01:23:00 PM

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."
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 06:33:00 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.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:14:00 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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:01:00 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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:57:00 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.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 03:38:00 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.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 04:17:00 PM