Born:April 5, 1976 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Original/Home Club:Barseback G&CC
MAJORS (1): Open Championship (2016). Ryder Cup player (2006, '08, '14, '16, '18). Olympic Silver Medal (2016, Rio). Multiple wins on the European and PGA Tours. FedEx Cup Champion (2013). Race to Dubai (European Order of Merit) winner (2013, '16).
After turning professional in 1998 aged 22, Stenson's career got off to an impressive start, topping the money rankings on the European Challenge Tour in 2000. He joined the main European Tour in 2001, and secured his first main tour win in that year.
By 2006 Stenson had risen to become one of the world's leading players, culminating in his inclusion in Europe's 2006 Ryder Cup team. It was his winning putt against Vaughn Taylor in the Sunday singles that ensured Europe won the coveted trophy for the third straight time.
From career highs of fifth in the world rankings in 2007 and fourth in 2009, a slump in form in 2010 and 2011 saw him eventually fall to 230th at the start of 2012. But the loss in form was temporary. In 2013 Stenson came roaring back to much greater career highs. This "dream year" included a second place at The Open Championship, and then sensationally he became the first ever player to win both the PGA Tour's coveted FedExCup (with its associated $10 million bonus), and the European Tour's Race to Dubai (with season earnings totalling over $4 million from the European Tour).
In 2016 Stenson added further to his already glittering CV with a second European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) title, and a record-breaking Open Championship win at Royal Troon. This was not only his first major championship title, but the first for a Swedish man.
Played as the Hero World Challenge (Dec 4-7; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed and defending champion Jon Rahm (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Stenson (Swe). [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].
García (Swe) won the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour and golfing media.
Played as the Wyndham Championship (Aug 17-20). Second-placed Ollie Schniederjans (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stenson (Swe), who shot a 6-under-par 64 in the final round to claim victory. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
The Open Championship (145th) (July 14-17). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) (63, 69, 70, 65) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Stenson (Swe) (68, 65, 68, 63), who recorded the lowest ever gross score in a men's major. J.B.Holmes (USA) finished third, a further 11 shots behind Mickelson. Stenson became the first Swede ever to win a men's major championship. [Old Course, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Ayrshire].
Stenson (Swe) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Francesco Molinari (Italy) was second with 69.43; Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was third with 69.70.
Race to Dubai
Stenson (Swe) claimed his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2016 Race to Dubai winner (based on his season-long points tally; points equate to euros won, with Eurpn Tr winnings paid in $ or £ converted to euros). Stenson (5,289,506 pts) also won a Race to Dubai winner's bonus of US$1,250,000. Second was Danny Willett (Eng) with 4,419,190 pts plus bonus of $750,000; third was Alex Noren (Swe) with 3,995,053 pts plus bonus of $600,000.
Played as the BMW International Open (June 23-26). Second-placed Darren Fichardt (RSA) and Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) finished 3 shots behind Stenson (Swe), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, nr Cologne, Germany].
For the second time in four years Henrik Stenson (Swe) won the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour and golfing media.
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 20-23; last of four Eurpn Tr Final Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Rory McIlroy (N.Ire), Justin Rose (Eng) and Victor Dubuisson (Fra) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Stenson (Swe). [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Stenson (Swe) won the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
Played as the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept 19-22; last of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Jordan Spieth (USA) and Steve Stricker (USA) finished 3 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Stenson (Swe), who gained enough points to win the season-long FedEx Cup and associated $10 million bonus. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug 30-Sep 2; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Steve Stricker (USA) finished 2 shots behind Stenson (USA), who won his first PGA Tour event in four years. [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
Stenson (Swe) won the European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
Race to Dubai
Stenson (Swe) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2013 Race to Dubai winner (based on his season-long European Tour earnings denominated in euros). Stenson finished the season with European Tour earnings of €4,103,796, which included his Race to Dubai winner's bonus of $1,000,000. Ian Poulter (Eng) was second with €3,172,729; Justin Rose (Eng) was third with €2,665,376. Stenson became the first ever golfer to win both the European Tour money-list and US PGA Tour FedExCup in the same season.
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 14-17; last of four Eurpn Tr Final Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Ian Poulter (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Stenson (Swe), whose win also gave him victory in the 2013 Race to Dubai. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Henrik Stenson (Swe) won the PGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the FedExCup and $10 million bonus. Tiger Woods (USA) was second with 2743 pts; Steve Stricker (USA) was third with 2650 pts. The Cup is awarded based on points earned during the regular PGA Tour season and in the four playoff events.
Played as the SA Open Championship (Nov 15-18; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed George Coetzee (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Stenson (Swe), who claimed his seventh European Tour win, and first for five years. [Serengeti GC, nr Johannesburg, RSA; now called Serengeti Estates].
Played as The Players Championship (May 7-10). Second-placed Ian Poulter (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Stenson (Swe). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 4-7; Sunshine Tr event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Kenny Perry (USA) finished 9 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Stenson (Swe). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 1-4; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Stenson (Swe), who resided locally in Dubai at the time. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb 21-25). Stenson (Swe) beat Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Gallery GC, Marana, AZ].
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters (Jan 26-29; Eurpn/Asian Tours event). Second-placed Paul Broadhurst (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Stenson (Swe). [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 31-Sep 3). Stenson (Swe) beat Retief Goosen (RSA) and Padriag Harrington (Ire) with a dramatic eagle at the first playoff hole. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as The Heritage (Sept 23-26; one-off Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Carlos Rodiles (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Stenson (Swe). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (May 10-13). Second-placed Paul McGinley (Ire) and Ángel Cabrera (Arg) finished 3 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Stenson (Swe). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
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