In the second of our series profiling the players confirmed a place in Darren Clarke’s European side for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, we take a closer look at newly-crowned Major Champion and three-time Ryder Cup player, Henrik Stenson.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1976, he was introduced to the game by a family friend aged 12. A natural left-hander, he elected to learn the game right-handed, was down to a handicap of five by 15 and scratch by 18. Won the 2000 Challenge Tour Rankings with a record eight top ten finishes, including three wins. Has had a stellar career on the European Tour so far, winning 11 times including a first Major in The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. Rewrote history with his victory at the 2013 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, becoming the first player to win both the Race to Dubai and the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season.
European Tour appearances: 321
European Tour wins: 11
Top ten finishes: 85
Career earnings: €23,837,730
Ryder Cup record
Appearances: 3 (2006, 2008, 2014)
Overall record (W-L-H): 5-4-2
Total points: 6
Point percentage: 54 per cent
Ryder Cup highlights
• Holing the winning putt in 2006 at the K Club after defeating Vaughn Taylor 4 and 3 in the Sunday singles
• Lighting up the 2014 contest at Gleneagles with playing partner Justin Rose including a 3 and 2 fourball win against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar in which the European pair set a new Ryder Cup record for most birdies in a match with 12 in the space of 16 holes
2016 Qualification highlights
Made an extremely strong start to his bid for a fourth appearance in The Ryder Cup as a tied 11th and tied third place at the two Chinese Final Series event in the autumn of 2015 preceded a run of second, third and sixth places to launch his 2016 campaign. Rubber-stamped his place on the plane to Hazeltine with a tenth win at the BMW International Open in Germany and a stunning maiden Major triumph in The Open at Troon, where he held off Phil Mickelson with a record-equalling 63 on the final day.
Stenson’s form during the points race:
“The Ryder Cup is a very special event. I've had some of the most fun that I've ever had on a golf course playing for Europe with the atmosphere and the camaraderie and the team format, so I'm looking forward to this year's Ryder Cup a lot.
“It certainly won’t be a bad thing for the European team to have two of the reigning Major Champions in the team – you definitely come in with a bit more confidence.
“It’s a memory for life being part of The Ryder Cup.”