Henrik Stenson no longer prophet in Sweden

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Henrik Stenson no longer prophet in Sweden

The Swedish Golf Federation has severed ties with Henrik Stenson following his decision to join dissident Greg Norman LIV Golf circuit which resulted in him being stripped of his role as Ryder Cup captain. Stenson's stint which saw him replaced as head of the European Ryder Cup squad by Luke Donald continues to make waves.

The 46-year-old player who won the first of the tournaments he played on the LIV received a letter in which the Swedish Golf Federation explains that they have chosen to end their long-standing relationship.

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“We believe that Henrik, given his involvement with LIV Golf, can no longer serve as a role model for Swedish junior golfers,” the federation told TT news agency.

Despite the organization's decision, Stenson still plans to support initiatives for junior and handigolfers in his native country. A commitment that he reaffirmed on his own social networks. The decision of the federation had the gift of somewhat annoying Ian Poulter, one of the Scandinavian's best friends, who recalled Stenson's record to express his disapproval.

Henrik Olof Stenson (born 5 April 1976 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish golfer, part of the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. In 2016, the year in which he also won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro behind Justin Rose, Stenson won the Open Championship played on the Royal Troon Golf Club, becoming the first Swede to lift the Claret Jug: thanks to a final round extraordinary, embellished with ten birdies and finished in 63, he got the better of a rival of great value, the American Phil Mickelson, over whom he prevailed with three strokes of advantage.

The final score of 264 (68, 65, 68 and 63) was well below the par of the Royal Troon 20 (the score of 4 laps cannot be compared with the Par of a course). 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.