The Arab Super League from July 29 to 31 will be the protagonist at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster (USA), New Jersey, for the third event of 2022 of the LIV Invitational Series. An appointment that, even before starting, has already found itself at the center of controversy.
Not only the former US President, Trump, who welcomes the race by his way and has invited world leaders to accept the Super League ground. But also Henrik Stenson, former captain of the European team at the 2023 Ryder Cup, dismissed (after only 4 months of his appointment) from the DP World Tour for having accepted the advances of LIV Golf.
Henrik Stenson, statements
“Stenson will be remembered as another golfer who will be exploited by Saudi Arabia to try to clean up the image of an extremist country, which led to the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people in America on September 11 2001”, the attack on Terry Strada, president of “9/11 Families United”.
Stenson made his debut in 1999 on the European Challenge Tour, Europe’s satellite circuit. He finished second twice and top 10 six times in seven tournaments, which placed him 21st on the money list. In 2000, he had three wins and nine top 10 finishes in 13 tournaments, earning him first place in the final standings and the card to play on the European Tour in 2001.
In his first year on the main circuit, Stenson won the Benson & Hedges Open and had three top-10 finishes in 26 tournaments, which ranked him 44th in the Order of Merit. In 2002 he finished in 176th place and in 2003 he finished in 68th place with only one top 10 finish.
The Swede triumphed again at Heritage 2004, which, together with a second place finish and another top 10 finish, placed him 32nd in the Order of Merit. Stenson didn’t win any of the 24 European Tour races he entered in 2005. However, he had three second-place finishes, four third-place finishes and nine top 10s, which allowed him to finish eighth overall. of merit.
On the other hand, he finished second in the World Cup. In 2006, he won the Qatar Masters and the BMW International Open, also achieving two second places and seven top 10 finishes. As a result, he was placed sixth in the Order of Merit.
Additionally, he finished third in the Players Championship and World Cup of Golf, and fourth in the World Challenge. The Swede won the Dubai Desert Classic and WGC Match Play, and finished in the top 10 six times on the 2007 European Tour, which placed him fourth in the Order of Merit behind Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington.
In parallel, he regularly played on the PGA Tour. Along with his WGC Match Play win, he earned a ninth place finish and six top 25 finishes, moving into 40th place on the money list. Finally, he placed fifth in the World Challenge. In 2008, Stenson had two second-place finishes, three third-place finishes and ten top 10 finishes in 19 European Tour tournaments, for which he placed seventh in the order of merit.
Among other results, he finished first at the World Cup, third at the British Open and WGC Match Play, and fourth at the PGA Championship. The golfer continued on the European Tour in 2009. He had a second, third and seven top 10 finishes in 21 tournaments, placing 18th on the road to Dubai.
That year he won the Players Championship and finished second in the World Cup. In 2010, Stenson again competed simultaneously on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He posted three top-10 finishes on the European Tour, finishing 49th on the Road to Dubai.
On the PGA Tour, he made just nine of 15 cuts, finishing 134th on the money list. His only notable result was a third place at the British Open. In 2011, he placed in the top 10 on the European Tour and none on the PGA Tour, ranking 136th and 166th overall, respectively.
The Swede bounced back in the 2012 European Tour season, winning the South African Open and posting seven top 10 finishes in 15 PGA Tour events. He thus ranked 40th on the road to Dubai. On the PGA Tour, he finished third in Puerto Rico and had seven top 25 finishes in 15 tournaments, which placed him 115th on the money list.
The golfer had his best season in 2013. He won the Road to Dubai on the European Tour, having achieved seven top 10 finishes in 17 tournaments, including two second places, two third places and a victory at the Dubai World Championship.
As for the PGA Tour, he had two Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship wins, three second-place finishes and eight top 10 finishes, for which he finished second on the money list and won the playoffs. That year, he finished second at the British Open, third at the PGA Championship and fifth at the Players Championship.
In 2014, Stenson won the Dubai World Championship, placed second at the World Match Play Championship and BMW International Open, third at the PGA Championship and Turkish Open, fourth at the US Open and Nedbank Golf Challenge, and fifth at the China Open and the Nordic Masters.
He thus finished in second place on the money list of the European Tour, behind Rory McIlroy. In 2016, he won his first major tournament, the British Open, with a card of 20 strokes under par, an all-time record in this event. Also, he won the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Golf Tournament.