Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson

Stenson at Svenska idrottsgalan 2014
Personal information
Full name Henrik Olof Stenson
Born (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  Sweden
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse Emma Löfgren (m. 2007)
Children Lisa, Karl, Alice
Turned professional 1998
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2007)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
European Tour 11
Asian Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 1
Challenge Tour 3
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T14: 2014
U.S. Open T4: 2014
The Open Championship Won: 2016
PGA Championship 3rd/T3: 2013, 2014
Achievements and awards
Challenge Tour
Rankings winner
FedEx Cup Champion 2013
Race to Dubai Champion 2013, 2016
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro Golf

Henrik Olof Stenson[1] (born 5 April 1976) is a Swedish professional golfer who plays both on the PGA and European Tours. He is the first male Swedish major champion, having won the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon with a major championship record score of 264. He has spent over 250 weeks ranked in the World top ten[2] and his career high ranking of second is the best by any male Swedish golfer. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Stenson won the silver medal finishing two strokes behind gold medalist Justin Rose. Had he won, Stenson would have claimed victories on all six continents on which golf is played, a feat Rose accomplished with the Olympic win, joining Hall of Fame members Gary Player, David Graham, Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer.

In 2013, Stenson won the U.S. PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, thus becoming the first player to win both, and to do so in the same season,[3][4] a "historic double".[5][6] Stenson described his feat as a "double-double" because in the process of winning these two seasonal points crowns, he also won the season finales of both tours.[7]

Early life

Stenson was born in Gothenburg. He played his first round of golf at age 12. A natural left-hander, Stenson learned to play golf right-handed.[8][9][10] He was a 5 handicap by age 15 and, in his teen years during the early 1990s, began playing in junior and amateur tournaments. He played for the Swedish boys team in 1994.[11]

Professional career


Stenson 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 that year, he won the Benson & Hedges International Open for his first European Tour victory. 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 Ranking in 2006 and the top 10 in 2007.[12] Later in February, Stenson then became the first Swede to win one of the World Golf Championships when he beat 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 fifth in the world rankings, which was also the highest a male Swedish player had ever been ranked, surpassing Jesper Parnevik's previous record of reaching seventh place in May 2000.[13] In all, he spent over 90 weeks in the top 10 of the rankings since 2007.[14][15] 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 holed the winning putt and ensured that Europe won the Ryder Cup for a third consecutive time when he beat 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 Kenny Perry.

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.[16] 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 Ranking.[17] The following week he moved up to fourth without playing. Stenson faltered after reaching a career OWGR high. He struggled during most of the 2011 season, when he made 9 of 15 cuts but had no top-10 finishes. His world ranking fell to 230 at the beginning of 2012.

On 5 April 2012, Stenson led during the first round of the Masters Tournament with two eagles on the front nine to lead at 6-under-par until the 18th hole. He scored a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 18th hole, tying the Masters' record for the highest score ever on that hole.[18]


In 2013, a resurgent Stenson had a watershed season, scoring a number of victories and high-place finishes while cementing a reputation as one of golf's best ball-strikers.[19][20][21] In the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, Stenson finished as the runner-up, three strokes behind Phil Mickelson, with a total of 284 (E) for the tournament. He shot a final round of 70 and held the lead for brief moments during the round, but was beaten by Mickelson's four birdie finish. This was Stenson's best performance in a major championship, bettering his two previous T3 finishes at the same championship. Stenson moved back inside the world's top 20 with this result. Stenson finished runner-up again the following month at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational behind Tiger Woods. He moved up to 11th in the world rankings after that result.

In the year's next major championship, the 2013 PGA Championship, Stenson contended again on Sunday, teeing off in the penultimate group two strokes behind the leader Jim Furyk. Despite an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole that moved him to within one stroke of the leaders, Stenson was never quite able to build any momentum in an even-par round that included four bogeys. He finished alone in third place, three strokes behind the champion Jason Dufner. Stenson moved up one place in the world rankings to move back inside the world's top ten.

Stenson's good form continued into the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs, when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes over runner-up, Steve Stricker. It was the Swede's first PGA Tour victory in over three years. He tied the tournament record of −22 en route to his third career PGA Tour win.[22] The win vaulted him into first place in the FedEx Cup standings just ahead of Tiger Woods.

On 22 September 2013, Stenson won The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club and the FedEx Cup.[23] He also tied his career best OWGR ranking of 4th.

He then moved up to a career best 3rd in the OWGR ranking on 3 November 2013.[24] He finished the 2013 season ranked first on the PGA Tour in greens in regulation, first in ball striking, second among money leaders, third in total driving, fourth in scoring average, and seventh in driving accuracy percentage.[25]

On 17 November 2013, he won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai with a record-breaking performance (an aggregate 263 score at 25-under par), thereby also winning the Race to Dubai which he was already leading. Having already won the FedEx Cup Series in September, he thus became the first player to win the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, and to do so in the same season,[3][4] a "historic double".[5][6] Stenson described his feat as a "double-double" because in the process of winning these two seasonal points crowns, he also won the season finales of both tours (the Tour Championship and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).[7] He was later named European Tour Golfer of the Year.[26]


In May 2014, Stenson reached a career high ranking of number two in the world, trailing only Adam Scott. On the PGA Tour, Stenson achieved career-best finishes at the Masters (T14) and U.S. Open (T4) while tying a career-best finish at the PGA Championship (T3). In Europe he won for the second time the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and recorded 2nd places at the Volvo World Match Play Championship and BMW International Open, en route to a final 2nd place in the Race to Dubai, behind the winner Rory McIlroy.


In 2015, Stenson did not win any professional tournaments but made the cut in all 16 PGA Tour events he entered. He scored four runner-up finishes, including three over the final month of the season.[27] He finished as the overall runner-up for the FedEx Cup.

On the European Tour he registered a runner-up finish at the BMW International Open, just as he did in 2014.


At the 2016 U.S. Open, on Saturday morning Stenson failed to show up at Oakmont to complete his second round, where he was going to miss the cut. The USGA said Stenson did not give a reason for his withdrawal, but he later confirmed on Twitter that he had "minor neck and knee issues".[28]

A week later, he became the fourth two-time winner of the BMW International Open and the first to win the event at two different locations (at the Golfclub München Eichenried in 2006; at the Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in 2016). The 2016 win at the tournament marked his 10th career win on the European Tour.

Stenson won the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon for his first major title. He held the 54-hole lead going into the final round with a margin of one stroke over Phil Mickelson. The pair played together during the third round and finished it by being six and five shots ahead of the field respectively, setting up a final head-to-head duel on Sunday. Stenson shot a 63 in the final round to tie Johnny Miller for the best ever final round of a major winner. His overall score of 264 set a record for the lowest score in any major championship. Stenson finished three shots ahead of Mickelson and 14 shots ahead of third-place finisher J. B. Holmes. Stenson became the first male Swede to win a major.[29]

In August, Stenson represented Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he won the silver medal; entering the final hole of the competition he was level with the eventual winner Justin Rose, but bogeyed the last hole while Rose made his birdie putt to win by two strokes.[30]

Stenson won an automatic selection for the 2016 Ryder Cup at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. In the competition he earned 2 points for Europe in 5 matches, winning the Friday fourball with Justin Rose by 5 and 4 against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, and his single match against Spieth by 3 and 2.

In November 2016, Stenson won the Race to Dubai for a second time.[31] Stenson led the European Tour in scoring average (69.14) for the first time in his career in 2016,[32] which he has declared his best overall year to date.[33]

Personal life

Stenson married fellow Swede Emma Löfgren in Dubai ten years after meeting her at the University of South Carolina.[34][35] In July 2007, his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Lisa.[36] In 2010, the couple had their second child, a son named Karl. They live in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida. In 2014, Stenson announced that he had invested in PGA Sweden National, his first venture in golf course ownership.[37]

Professional wins (19)

European Tour wins (11)

Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
Race to Dubai finals series (2)
Other European Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
Runner(s) up
1 13 May 2001 Benson & Hedges International Open 67-68-71-70=275 −12 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera, Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2 26 Sep 2004 The Heritage 69-67-67-66=269 −19 4 strokes Spain Carlos Rodiles
3 29 Jan 2006 Commercialbank Qatar Masters1 66-68-71-68=273 −15 3 strokes England Paul Broadhurst
4 3 Sep 2006 BMW International Open 71-68-66-68=273 −15 Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
5 4 Feb 2007 Dubai Desert Classic 68-64-69-68=269 −19 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
6 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy
7 18 Nov 2012 South African Open Championship2 66-65-69-71=271 −17 3 strokes South Africa George Coetzee
8 17 Nov 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai 68-64-67-64=263 −25 6 strokes England Ian Poulter
9 23 Nov 2014 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (2) 68-66-68-70=272 −16 2 strokes France Victor Dubuisson, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
England Justin Rose
10 26 Jun 2016 BMW International Open (2) 68-65-67-71=271 −17 3 strokes South Africa Darren Fichardt, Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen
11 17 Jul 2016 The Open Championship 68-65-68-63=264 −20 3 strokes United States Phil Mickelson

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–3)

1 2005 Scandinavian Masters Australia Mark Hensby Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2006 BMW Asian Open Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2006 BMW International Open South Africa Retief Goosen, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Won with eagle on first extra hole
4 2014 BMW International Open Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello, France Grégory Havret
Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
Zanotti won with par on fifth extra hole
Cabrera-Bello eliminated with par on fourth hole
Havret eliminated with birdie on second hole

PGA Tour wins (5)

Major championships (1)
Players Championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 25 Feb 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2&1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy
2 10 May 2009 The Players Championship 68-69-73-66=276 −12 4 strokes England Ian Poulter
3 2 Sep 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship 67-63-66-66=262 −22 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker
4 22 Sep 2013 Tour Championship 64-66-69-68=267 −13 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth, United States Steve Stricker
5 17 Jul 2016 The Open Championship 68-65-68-63=264 −20 3 strokes United States Phil Mickelson

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 7 Dec 2008 Nedbank Golf Challenge −21 (63-71-65-68=267) 9 strokes United States Kenny Perry

Challenge Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 25 Jun 2000 DEXIA-BIL Luxembourg Open −18 (63-68-69-70=270) Playoff Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (am), Denmark Nils Roerbaek-Petersen
2 17 Sep 2000 Gula Sidorna Grand Prix −7 (66-69-71-71=277) 3 strokes Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen, England Kenneth Ferrie
3 5 Nov 2000 Challenge Tour Grand Final −18 (69-67-65-69=270) 5 strokes Sweden Mikael Lundberg, England Andrew Raitt,
Italy Michele Reale

Other wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 30 Nov 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup
(with Robert Karlsson)
−27 (65-67-66-63=261) 3 strokes Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
and Pablo Larrazábal

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2016 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −20 (68-65-68-63=264) 3 strokes United States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T17 T17 T38
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T34 T48 CUT T3 T13
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 T14 CUT T4 T6
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T40 T18 T14 T19 T24
U.S. Open T29 T23 DNP T21 T4 T27 WD
The Open Championship T3 68 DNP 2 T39 T40 1
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP 3 T3 T25 T7

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.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 4 10 7
The Open Championship 1 1 2 4 4 5 12 10
PGA Championship 0 0 2 3 5 7 10 8
Totals 1 1 4 8 11 22 43 33

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 2 & 1 Australia Geoff Ogilvy

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Cadillac Championship T3 T13 T19 T57
Dell Match Play DNP R32 1 3
Bridgestone Invitational T13 T31 T41 T16
Cadillac Championship T77 T37 DNP DNP DNP T16 T4 T28
Dell Match Play R64 R64 R64 DNP R64 R32 T34 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T29 80 DNP DNP T2 T19 T6 DNP
HSBC Champions T40 T13 DNP DNP T31 T24 T11 T2

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.

PGA Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
Wins (majors) 2nd 3rd Top
list rank
2001 1 0 0 0 0 0 00n/a
2002 00 0 0 0 0 0 0n/a
2003 00 0 0 0000n/a
2004 000 0 0000n/a
2005 440 0 11253,919n/a
2006 1080 0 114582,303n/a
2007 15101 0 026 1,897,554 40
2008 98 0 0 2461,238,118n/a
2009 1091 0 1452,550,185 n/a
2010 1590 0 111683,070 134
2011 1590 0 002327,799 166
2012 151100117791,107 115
2013 18162318106,388,230 2
2014 1514001381,894,235 49
2015 16160408124,755,070 9
2016 14101 (1)11473,397,373 21
Career* 1571245 (1)8103770 24,558,963 37[38]

*As of the 2015–16 season.[39]

Team appearances



Ryder Cup points record

200620082010 2012 2014 2016 Total
1.51.5--3 2 8

See also


  1. "Historisk vinst av golfaren Henrik Olof Stenson". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  2. "Official World Golf Ranking for Henrik Stenson". Official World Golf Ranking. Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  3. 1 2 "With this Win: Henrik Stenson – DP World Tour Champion". PGA European Tour. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. (Stenson) becomes the first player to win the FedEx Cup Series on the US PGA Tour and The Race to Dubai and in the same season.
  4. 1 2 Hammond, Ashley (17 November 2013). "Donald and McIlroy praise Stenson's efforts – Pair impressed with Swede's success on both sides of the Atlantic". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. Although Stenson has not quite replicated the same feat as Donald and McIlroy, who achieved respective money list double acts in 2011 and 2012, Stenson is still the first golfer to win both play-off finales on the two tours. On the European Tour, the Race to Dubai is the money list, but in America the money list and season-ending FedExCup are separate, with Tiger Woods winning the PGA Tour money list this year. Donald said: "He has not won the money list in the US but he did win the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup, which neither Rory or myself did. Obviously that's very, very impressive. ..."
  5. 1 2 "Red-hot Stenson resets goals". PGA European Tour. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. ...after securing an historic double ... Stenson became the first man to win The European Tour's Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour in the same year.
  6. 1 2 "Week 46 – Wins For World No 2 And 3". Official World Golf Ranking. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. Henrik Stenson hailed a "dream season" as he claimed a historic double
  7. 1 2 Elling, Steve (17 November 2013). "Henrik Stenson overpowers Earth Course and field to double his pleasure". The National. Retrieved 19 November 2013. A month after winning the FedEx Cup points title in Atlanta, Stenson breezed to the European Tour's Race to Dubai points title, too, pocketing a combined US$11 million in bonus money and becoming the first member of both circuits to win the seasonal points crowns in the same year. He won the season finales on both tours in the process. "The double-double," Stenson said. "That's going to take some beating in the future."
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  19. Fulton, Travis. "Trips from Travis: Stenson's ball-striking". PGA Tour. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
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  21. Cumberland, Baird. "A Sorenstam '80s Throwback?". jimmcclean.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  22. "Daily Wrap-up: Deutsche Bank Championship, Round 4". PGA Tour. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
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  30. "Rio Olympics 2016: Justin Rose beats Henrik Stenson to Olympic gold in tense finale". BBC Sport. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
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