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Henrik Stenson
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Personal information
Born 5 April 1976 (1976-04-05) (age 33)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14.1 st)
Nationality  Sweden
Residence Dubai, UAE
Spouse Emma Löfgren
Children Lisa (b.2007)
Career
Turned professional 1998
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2007)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 6
Challenge Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T17: 2007, 2008
U.S. Open 9th: 2009
Open Championship T3: 2008
PGA Championship T4: 2008
Achievements and awards
Challenge Tour
Rankings winner
2000

Henrik Stenson (born 5 April 1976) is a Swedish professional golfer who plays both on the US and European tours. He has spent considerable time in the World top ten and his career high ranking of fourth is the best by any Swedish golfer.

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Career

Stenson was born in Gothenburg. He turned professional in 1999 and the following year topped the money rankings on the second tier golf tour in Europe, the Challenge Tour. He joined the main European Tour in 2001 and has won six European Tour events. From 2005 to 2008 he finished each year in the top 10 of the European Order of Merit.

Stenson reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings in 2006 and the top 10 in 2007.[1] In February 2007, he reached number eight in the rankings following his victory at the Dubai Desert Classic and became the highest ranked European golfer for the first time.[2]

The following week, Stenson then became the first Swede to win one of the World Golf Championships when beating Geoff Ogilvy 2&1 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This victory took Stenson to the top of the European Order of Merit and also to a high of 5th in the world rankings, which is also the highest a Swedish player has ever been ranked, surpassing Jesper Parnevik's previous record of reaching seventh place in May 2000.[3] In all, he spent over 90 weeks in the top 10 of the rankings since 2007.[4][5]

These two victories put Stenson in the lead of the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit, but he failed to add to his success over the rest of the season and finished in fourth place.

Stenson made his Ryder Cup debut in 2006, and after getting a half point in the foursomes against Stewart Cink and David Toms on the Friday, he had the honour of holing the winning putt and ensuring Europe won the Ryder Cup for a third consecutive time when beating Vaughn Taylor 4 & 3 in the Sunday singles. He played again in 2008 at Valhalla, tallying a win, a loss and a draw in the foursomes. However he was not as fortunate as two years before, losing the singles on Sunday 3 & 2 to an inspired Kenny Perry.

Stenson married fellow Swede Emma Löfgren in Dubai ten years after meeting her on a golf course in Sweden.[6] On 2 July 2007, his wife gave birth to the couple's daughter, Lisa.[7]

His name was famously mispronounced during the Friday foursomes during the 2008 Ryder Cup. The announcer stuttered, calling him Henrik Stevenson and then Henrik Stevens. He corrected his mistake later on.

In March 2009 Stenson created a storm in the media after stripping to his underwear and golf glove in order to play a recovery shot from a muddy water hazard at the first round of the WGC-CA Championship.[8]

On 10 May 2009, Stenson won The Players Championship with a dominating final round score of 66 to finish four ahead of Ian Poulter. The win was his first American stroke play victory. This win again brought him to fifth in the Official World Golf Rankings.[9] The following week he moved up to fourth without playing.

Professional wins (12)

European Tour wins (6)

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Other European Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s) up
1 13 May 2001 Benson & Hedges International Open -13 (66-68-71-70=275) 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera, Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2 26 Sep 2004 The Heritage -19 (69-67-67-66=269) 4 strokes Spain Carlos Rodiles
3 29 Jan 2006 Commercialbank Qatar Masters -15 (66-68-71-68=273) 3 strokes England Paul Broadhurst
4 3 Sep 2006 BMW International Open -15 (71-68-66-68=273) Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
5 4 Feb 2007 Dubai Desert Classic -19 (68-64-69-68=269) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
6 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy

Challenge Tour wins (3)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s) up
1 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy
2 10 May 2009 The Players Championship -12 (68-69-73-66=276) 4 strokes England Ian Poulter

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T17 T17 T38
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T26 CUT CUT 9
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T34 T48 CUT T3 T13
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 T14 CUT T4 T6

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 1 3
CA Championship T3 T13 T19 T57
Bridgestone Invitational T13 T31 T41 T16
Tournament 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64
CA Championship T77 T37
Bridgestone Invitational T29
HSBC Champions T40

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

References

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