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Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/5/1976
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Henrik Stenson endured a creaky climax to his second round to card 4-under-par 32-36=68, enough for a 7-under 137 halfway total.
The Swede is playing the event for a 16th time and there has been a curious banding of his past performances with relation to the top ten. His first five trips saw him fail to break it once, his next five saw him never finish outside it, and in the third slice of five he was back to getting stuck outside of it. Perhaps this week marks a return to the form of the middle section, a period which included a win in 2007. He missed only one green in regulation in round two. He ticked three par-breakers on the front nine, at 3, 6 and 8. He added another three at 14, 16 and 18, but had bogeys in-between at 15 and 17. He enters the weekend three back of the leaders. Feb 5 - 8:15 AM

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Henrik Stenson plays in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after pulling out of the Qatar Masters to rest his knee.

The Swede had surgery in December and bounced back to action in style with a T3 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, but he promptly pulled out of the Qatar Masters. He said at the time it was simply precautionary and a case of resting the tired joint. He told of his return: "There are not too many courses I know better than the Majlis. I feel like I know this course inside out, and had the success in 2007 and another couple of high finishes. So, it’s a really an enjoyable week for me in Dubai."
Feb 3 - 5:09 AM

Henrik Stenson closed with a smooth 5-under-par 35-32=67 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a 14-under 274 total that left him T3.

It was a strong week for the Swede on his comeback from knee surgery at the back-end of 2015. He made one bogey in the final round on 6, but circled half a dozen birdies, including a rash of them at the finish on 15, 17 and 18. He was inches shy of chipping in for eagle on the final green. Ultimately he also came up just short of the win, but he’ll be pleased with the return to competitive action, however he has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Masters, although there was no indication that it is anything other than precautionary.
Jan 24 - 8:13 AM

Henrik Stenson pieced together a lob-sided 39-33=72 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to complete a 7-under-par 137 36 hole total.

If one set of numbers (his two nines) was off kilter, another was very well balanced: he made 4 birdies and 4 bogeys, but it was very much a story of two days. The round began late on Friday, Stenson never settled and was 3-over through 13 when the klaxon called a halt to play. Resuming Saturday morning he was a new man, rattling in par breakers on 15, 16 and 17. It was only a surprise that he didn't make it 4-for-4 on the par-5 final hole. He's needed only 51 putts this week, but his long game deserted him Friday, reflected in his stats: just 6 (of 14) fairways and just 10 greens in regulation. The five holes on Saturday boosted those stats and give hope for the rest of the weekend. He lies 3 shots off the lead at halfway.
Jan 23 - 4:00 AM

Henrik Stenson made light of recent knee surgery to post an opening 7-under-par 33-32=65 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, good enough for the early clubhouse lead.

The Swede went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in December and said pre-tournament that just walking 18 holes each day would be a challenge. He made light of those tempered expectations in round one at Abu Dhabi GC with eight birdies against a single walk-off bogey at 9. Starting at 10, the World No. 5 circled red at 13, 16 and 18 before nailing four straight birdies from the second hole. Stenson came off similar surgery in 2012 and shot an opening 80 in this very tournament. What a contrast today. One the stats, he split 8 (of 14) fairways, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 25 putts.
Jan 21 - 3:57 AM

Henrik Stenson finished solo second at the co-sanctioned Nedbank Golf Challenge on Dec. 6th in South Africa and three days later in Orlando, underwent surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.

In the article (link below), Stenson revealed that he had a similar procedure on his left knee back in December, 2011, but this latest issue arose last summer during the FedExCup Playoffs, where he posted three runners-up in four events. He told "Fairways of Life" host Matt Adams on Friday that he began hitting balls two days ago and hopes to return to competition when the European Tour hits the Middle East. "We’re working on getting back into action. Started hitting balls two days ago," he said. "There's a tiny bit of a limp still. It's a little bit of a grind." The Swede didn't win in 2015 -- breaking a three-year stretch with at least one win -- but had six worldwide runner-up finishes on 25 starts. The 39-year-old traditionally begins his season at the European Tour's three-event Middle East Swing, which begins on Jan. 21st in Abu Dhabi.
Jan 8 - 3:41 PM

Henrik Stenson confirmed on Facebook today that he had surgery on his right knee as scheduled today.

It was an outpatient procedure. "The operation is done!" he wrote and complemented with three photos today. "Back home now and rehab starts tomorrow! Thanks to everyone that helped out today! Thanks for all the get well wishes also!" In five starts since breaking the news in late October, he logged three top 11s, including a runner-up on Sunday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. It was his sixth second-place finish since March. The Swede hasn't shared a timetable for his return, but he had the surgery at the best possible time. Recovery is partially dependent on age, and even though he'll turn 40 in early April, he's in terrific shape. UPDATE: Stenson added the following in a new post: "I had a torn meniscus in my right knee for those who did not know. Most likely wear and tear from a couple of hours on the range or going down Niagara Falls in a barrel, who knows."
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Henrik Stenson birdied five of the final eight holes to post a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in Friday's second round at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, good enough for a one-shot lead at the midpoint.

That flying finish at Gary Player Country Club took the Swede to 11-under 133 and edged him in front of local man Jaco Van Zyl. American Robert Streb is one stroke further back while Aussie Marc Leishman rounds out the top four on 8-under. Stenson, who had been laid low by flu before the event, appeared to benefit from a two-hour break for bad weather halfway through his round. Before the players were taken off he'd wiped out birdies at 1, 2 and 5 with dropped shots at 6, 7 and 8. But, refreshed by the unscheduled interval, Stenson returned and reeled off birdies at 11, 13, 14, 15 and 17 to put himself at the top of the leaderboard.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Henrik Stenson started fast and finished in a tie for the lead after a 6-under-par 31-35=66 on day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

The Swede is tied at the top alongside local man Jaco Van Zyl while defending champion Danny Willett is one shot back after a 67. Marc Leishman and Branden Grace share fourth spot on 4-under. Despite feeling unwell ahead of the event, Stenson burst out of the blocks with six birdies in his opening 10 holes. They came at the first two holes and then in a burst at 6, 7, 9 and 10. Stenson went flat after that and concluded with eight straight pars but he's very much on target to win this event for a second time having crushed the field by nine shots in its 12-man format in 2008. "I’ve been in bed with the flu for three days, and after I had to pull out of the pro-am on Tuesday I probably had a five per cent chance of playing," he said. "I felt quite a bit better this morning and the doctor didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t play. I’m delighted with the score but the last few holes I completely ran out of energy."
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Henrik Stenson won the 2013 and 2014 DP World Tour Championships and will look for a third straight title at the Earth course this week.

The Swede is hoping it'll be déjà vu all over again in the European Tour's big climax. Last year, as defending champion, he arrived in Dubai having gone through the season without a victory on either the European Tour or PGA TOUR but finally got the job done and he's in exactly the same boat this time after a string of near misses. They include T3 in last week's BMW Masters and second places in three of his previous six worldwide starts. Stenson is 41-under for his last eight rounds at the Earth course so will feel he is the man to beat again. The 39-year-old starts the week ranked 16th in the Race to Dubai.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 03:55:00 AM

Henrik Stenson concluded his week at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in style, circling birdies on his last three holes to post 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round.

Stenson shot 14-under 274 for the week, but at least his next meal could taste a little better than usual. For the day, he buried seven birdies to cover a pair of bogeys mid-round. Most of all, his 66-67 on the weekend is proof that his right knee really doesn't bother him that much and he needs to remain on the short list for gamers who will ride out The Final Series on the European Tour. The rest of us will have to wait until 2016 to plug the Swede back into our lineups. He's scheduled to have surgery on his knee on Dec. 9. We should know soon thereafter how it went and what kind of timeline he'll have to return to competition.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 01:52:00 AM

Henrik Stenson managed but an even-par 37-35=72 in today's final round of the CIMB Classic and posted 7-under 281.

This will be his worst finish since a T40 at The Open Championship. Stenson signed his card parked at T46 in Malaysia. He hit 13 greens but erased three birdies with as many bogeys. At last check, the Swede ranked T71 in putts per GIR for the week at 1.842. We knew that he's planning five starts before having surgery on his right knee on Dec. 9, but that schedule suggests that he'll be fine until then. However, the attempts to execute this week didn't rule out that the knee is a problem now.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 12:28:00 AM

In his presser today at the CIMB Classic, Henrik Stenson revealed that he will have surgery on his right knee after he's done competing this fall.

"The only slight little worry is my right knee," he said. "I've got a bit of a problem with the meniscus and I'm scheduled to have an op(eration) on Dec. 9 in Orlando, so I'm hoping I can squeeze by in these last five tournaments that I have before Christmas." After his debut in Kuala Lumpur, he's expected to compete in the last three events of The Final Series on the European Tour. That includes next week's multi-sanctioned WGC-HSBC Champions in China. The final stop would be the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas on Dec. 3-6.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Henrik Stenson readies for his tournament debut at this week's CIMB Classic.

The Swede returns to action this week after a three-week recess following a runner-up finish at the TOUR Championship. Stenson finished the season en fuego, posting results of 2-2-T10-T2 during the FedExCup Playoffs. There may be some dust to shake off the clubs to begin the week, but even a rusty Stenson can still manage a top-10 in a field like this weeks.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 09:47:00 PM

Henrik Stenson settled for a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to wrap his second appearance at 5-under 275, good for a three-way tie for second and four strokes back of champion Jordan Spieth.

Stenson won the TOUR Championship in his 2013 debut and now shared runner-up. It's his third runner-up finish in this postseason and fourth top 10 in four Playoffs events after T10 at last week's BMW. For emphasis sake, his last four read: 2-2-T10-T2. He also snared second in the final FedExCup standings. Small consolation perhaps for the 39-year-old, who was looking for his first TOUR victory since the 2013 Playoffs finale. Stenson began the day in solo second at 7-under, one adrift of Spieth. He opened with seven consecutive pars, including par at the sixth which erased the deficit after Spieth bogeyed. He squared bogey at the eighth but birdied the par-5 ninth to turn even. Bogeys at 10 and 12 overshadowed birdie at 11, and he swallowed a double bogey-6 at 17. A 57-foot birdie bomb at the last bumped him into a three-way tie for second. After recording a cumulative 6.603 in strokes gained: tee-to-green thru 36 holes, the Swede slumped to negative numbers in his last two rounds.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 06:28:00 PM