Henrik Stenson, SGF decided to divorce him

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Henrik Stenson, SGF decided to divorce him

After his transition to the Arab Super League, the Swedish Golf Federation (SGF) has also decided to break off its cooperation with Henrik Stenson.

Henrik Stenson, statements

"We believe, given his involvement with LIV, that he can no longer serve as a role model for young Swedish golfers," explained Gunnar Hakansson, SGF general secretary.

Not only the Ryder Cup Europe, which relieved him from the position of captain of the Old Continent towards the challenge of 2023 to the USA, now the Swedish federation is also breaking with Stenson. That on his social profiles he has stated that he still intends to support young Swedish golfers.

After a successful amateur career - culminating in playing for his country in the 1998 Eisenhower Trophy in Chile - Stenson turned professional in late 1998 and won the Challenge Tour money list the very next season, 1999/2000.

This brought him to the European Tour in 2001, where he has so far won six tournaments and placed at the top of several top events. In 2005, Stenson was eighth on the European Tour Order of Merit (money list), improving to sixth in 2006, fourth in 2007, and ranked in the top 20 in the world golf rankings.

After winning the Players Championship in May 2009, Stenson achieved his best placing in the world rankings with rank 5. In 2005 he was called up for the first time in the European team at the Seve Trophy and was team best.

In 2006 he won the Royal Trophy for Team Europe against the best golfers in Asia and was also part of the winning team in Europe in the Ryder Cup. In November 2008 he won the World Cup for Sweden with Robert Karlsson. After these successes, Henrik Stenson went through a deep sporting crisis, during which he temporarily slipped out of the top 200 in the world rankings.

It wasn't until 2012 that he returned with his next tournament victory (European Tour - the South African Open). A new career highlight came in 2013 when, in addition to some top placements (including second place at the British Open), he won two of the well-rewarded playoff tournaments of the FedEx Cup and at the same time secured the overall victory with prize money of US$ 10 million .

He then also won the European Tour's Race to Dubai, becoming the first golfer in history to win both of these most important annual rankings in the same season. In the world rankings, Stenson improved to third place. He achieved the greatest success of his career by winning The Open Championship in 2016.

He is the first male golfer from Sweden to win a major and set a new Open record with a total of 264 shots. Stenson also broke the single-round record for a major with his final round of 63 shots. At the end of the 2016 season, he again won the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

Stenson is left-handed but plays right-handed golf. What is striking about his game is that he rarely uses his driver; he executes most long shots (without using a tee) with a 3 wood, with which he agrees on acceptable distances with high accuracy.

In the 2013 season, he led the PGA Tour in the statistics of fairways hit with 72.65%, while still ranking 66th (of 180) with an average driving distance of 290.9 yards (266 meters). This style of play also helped him rank #1 in the "Greens in Regulation" statistic (71.96%).

Two characteristics of Stenson's swing are a slightly jerky shift of weight to the right leg before the backswing begins, and a shortened forward swing that tends to keep the golf club in front of Stenson's chest rather than swinging behind his neck or head like the majority of modern professional golfers.