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STENSON Henrik Stenson enters the Hero World Challenge a bit banged up, evident by the back therapy he received by his trainer at the 13th tee during the final round of the 2016 Olympics. Stenson’s physical setbacks actually started last December when he had offseason surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. Later in the season, Stenson withdrew from the U.S. Open due to neck and knee issues. Nevertheless, Stenson’s banged up body certainly did not get in the way of his first-ever major title at the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. Indeed, when Stenson’s putt gently toppled into the cup on the final hole of the British Open, there was more significance to the closing 63 that helped him become the first male Swedish player to win a major title. Even more remarkable was his 20-under-par 264 overall performance, a major championship record for lowest aggregate score and one that tied Jason Day’s record for the lowest winning score relative to par in a major. Then, the Swede made an admirable run at Olympic golf history when he limped to the 72nd hole tied at 15-under with fellow Albany residentmember Justin Rose. But Stenson bogeyed the final hole, while Rose made birdie and wound up with the silver medal. Many feel his play and their duel at Rio have secured golf’s future in the modern Olympic games.
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