NJ’ BEDMINSTER Given that Henrik Stenson, a five-time member of Team Europe, lost his Ryder Cup captaincy for the 2023 matches after joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series, his claim that the past few weeks haven’t been particularly enjoyable may be the understatement of the century.
The 46-year-old Swede won the individual title by two shots at 11 under in his debut for the new circuit, which is supported by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and is run by Greg Norman. Stenson’s most recent victory came at Tiger Woods’ unofficial tournament in the Bahamas, the 2019 Hero World Challenge. The 2017 Wyndham Championship is his most recent PGA Tour triumph. Stenson received a cool $4 million for his triumph.
Yes, there is no doubt that it has been a bit of a roller coaster. We discussed that earlier in the week, and I’m sure you’ve all seen it,” Stenson added. “Today it’s about looking forward,” at least in my case. “Yeah, I’m really proud with the focus I managed to have this week and to get my game in – I’ve been working quite hard to get the game back in shape, and as we know now, it’s clearly going in the right direction.”
After the opening round at Trump National Golf Club, Stenson shared the lead with one other player. After the second round on Saturday, Stenson had the only lead. On Sunday, Stenson did just enough to win after shooting a 2-under 69 for the second day in a row. a rushing With a final-round 7-under 64, Matthew Wolff tied Patrick Reed and Stenson for the lowest round of the week and finished T-2 with Dustin Johnson. With Reed rounding out the top five at 7 under par, Carlos Ortiz placed fourth at 8 under par.
“I believe that this week there may have been a little bit more motivation present. I believe we can bring out the best in ourselves as players when we have it. Yeah, I definitely did it this week,” said Stenson. “I guess that’s been a bit of a trend throughout my career, I believe, when I truly want something I manage to dig a little bit deeper, and a lot of times we manage to make it happen,” the author said.
In order to win the team match, Johnson’s 4 Aces stacked the LIV Golf deck and outshot Lee Westwood’s Majesticks by eight shots. The Majesticks will receive $1.5 million (375,000 apiece), while the 4 Aces will share $3 million ($750,000 each) for their work. Third-place finishers Sergio Garcia’s Fireballs will share $500,000 ($125,000 each).
Johnson said of his and Reed’s pursuit of Henrik, “Today we knew we needed to play some terrific golf to finish if we wanted to win this tournament as a team, and also we were both right in the mix trying to chase down Henrik.” “We needed to score some birdies and play well down the stretch if we wanted to put a little pressure on him.
LIV Golf has long been condemned as a means by which the Kingdom uses guaranteed funds and multimillion dollar contracts to whitewash its record on human rights. Saudi Arabia has been charged of a variety of human rights violations, including killings committed for political reasons, torture, forced disappearances, and cruel treatment of detainees. And Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and Washington Post columnist, was killed, with members of the royal family and the Saudi government being implicated.
Before its fourth event Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4, at The International in Boston, the series will take the whole month of August off.