Henrik Olof Stenson is a professional golfer from Sweden. His Open Championship victory at Royal Troon in 2016 was the first male Swedish and first male Nordic major champion, with a major championship record score of 264. The Players Championship, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, World Cup, Tour Championship, DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and Nedbank Golf Challenge are just a few of the other notable tournaments he’s won.
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson has a net worth in excess of $25 million. His birthplace is Gothenburg, Sweden, where he grew up in the spring of 1976. A professional since 1998, he made his way to Europe in 2001 and the PGA Tour in 2007 and is still playing there. His career-high rating of #2 is the highest for any Swedish golfer, and he has been within the top ten in the world for almost 100 weeks. He finished second at the 2013 Open Championship and won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour in the same year.
Stenson has four PGA Tour victories, nine European Tour triumphs, three Challenge Tour triumphs, and a single Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour triumph under his belt. In both 2013 and 2014, he finished third at the PGA Championship, and he finished fourth at the 2014 U.S. Open. Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson was voted European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2013. Also, he has represented Europe and Sweden in the Ryder Cup.
Childhood & Early Life
A native of Sweden, Henrik Stenson was raised in Gothenburg. His parents’ names are Ingemar and Mona Irene Stenson. Stenson is close to Ulrika Stenson, the golfer’s sister. While many professional golfers enjoyed the sport as a child, he didn’t begin playing until he was 12 years old, unlike many other players. To keep him occupied, he would rather play soccer, badminton, or street hockey. It was at a driving range with his friend that Henrik became hooked on the sport of golf.
As soon as his golf clubs arrived, he begged his parents for some more because he thought he’d outgrow them. However, despite this, his dedication to the game only deepened. Henrik Stenson’s father accompanied him to his second golf lesson, where the instructor said he had great promise. For the sake of their son Henrik, Ingemar and Mona relocated their family to Skne so that Henrik could train more successfully.
That his parents encouraged him to pursue this career is self-evident, and they were right to do so. Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Skne was a huge step forward for the Swedish golfer despite a rocky start. A perfectionist, Henrik’s coach, remembers him as a believer in him. The Iceman turned professional at the age of 22 after putting in years of hard effort and achievement as an amateur.
His wife, the Swedish actress Emma Löfgren, is also an actor. At the University of South Carolina, however, they could only meet for the first time. She comes from a long line of Olympians, just like her husband. In her youth, she was a talented alpine skier, but she always preferred golf. Emma also studied public relations and the media at the university.
Henrik was also a member of the collegiate golf team, where she met her now-husband. They began dating after meeting in college. After graduating from Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden, Löfgren went on to work as a golf instructor. She mustered the strength to move out and spent a brief period of time in Dubai with Stenson. They were wedded there in a beautiful ceremony in 2006 as well.
They finally decided to come to America in 2012 and moved here. Lisa, Karl, and Alice Stenson were also born to the couple. Both Alice and Lisa were born in the United States, whereas Karl and Karl were both born in Dubai. When it is possible, the Swedish player’s wife and children accompany him on his outings. They reside in Orlando’s Lake Nona golf and country club.
The 18-year-old Swede began his amateur golf career. On top of that, in 1994, he represented his country at the European Boys’ Team Championship. However, his team was beaten by England in the finals. The Italian Open Amateur Match Play Championship in 1996 was Stenson’s first amateur triumph. The Iceman was also a part of the Telia Tour.
In 1998, he competed in the Eisenhower Trophy and decided to turn professional. Soon after turning professional, Henrik topped the Challenge Tour’s money rankings. In 2001, he made his European Tour debut, winning the Benson & Hedges International Open, his first tournament. By 2007, he had already broken into the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings.
In addition, he became the first Swedish golfer to win a major championship. He rose to No.5 in the world rankings after his triumph, the highest ranking ever achieved by a Swede golfer. Also, in 2008, he reclaimed the Ryder Cup, having previously won it in 2006 as Europe’s teammate. First-round of the 2009 WGC-CA Championship saw Henrik Stenson play a recovery shot in his underwear while wearing only his gloves.
During that same year, he triumphed in The Players Championship, restoring him to his previous position of fifth in the world. At the start of this year, his golfing prowess had deteriorated to an all-time low of 220. As a result of this, the world’s best golfer had a terrific year in 2013. He tied for second place in the 2013 Open Championship. Furthermore, he ended in the world’s top 10 despite missing out on the 2013 PGA Championship by a single shot.
Awards & Achievements
Throughout his professional career, Henrik Stenson has won numerous tournaments and championships. The 2007 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2016 Open Championship are his two most notable triumphs.