Hazeltine-bound: Henrik Stenson
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.
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.”