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Henrik Stenson wins LIV Golf Bedminster after losing Ryder Cup captain


Take that.

That’s not exactly what Henrik Stenson said after winning the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster on Sunday in his first crack on a Greg Norman-backed Saudi-backed tour.

Just 11 days ago, the 46-year-old Swede was stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy by the DP World Tour when he joined LIV Golf.

Stenson was crushed by the decision, but he never showed that this week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, where he outlasted Matthew Wolff and Dustin Johnson and won by two strokes at 11 under. against the respective 9 under of Wolff and Johnson. .

To relieve his open wounds from the Ryder Cup sacking, Stenson earned $4 million for finishing first.

“I think there was maybe a bit more motivation this week,” Stenson said. “And when we as players have that, it can bring out good things. It’s been a bit of a theme – when I really want something, I manage to dig a little deeper and make things happen. ”

Henrik Stenson kisses the trophy after winning at Trump Bedminster on Sunday.
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That was about as far as Stenson would go when it came to his willingness to stick with the powers that be at the DP World Tour. As he did on Saturday after taking a three-stroke lead in the final round, Stenson refused on Sunday to thrash his chest about the win and shove it in the face of those who fired him.

The vocal work was left to some of Stenson’s other European players.

“Not a bad way to start your career at LIV Golf, is it?” said Englishman Lee Westwood. “He was obviously thinking of [his Ryder Cup firing] a lot, and he was able to play with a clear mind this week and focus on golf.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for him,” said Englishman Ian Poulter. “He’s working hard and he’s committed and I know he’s extremely disappointed. He’s done his job this week which is great.’

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Winner Henrik Stenson shakes hands with President Donald Trump.
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Poulter said he was “disappointed” to see Stenson removed as captain.

“Henrik is an emotional person and it would have been difficult to accept being stripped of his captaincy when he had made every effort with LIV Golf to be able to fulfill his contract,” Poulter said. “So all the credit goes to him for refocusing this week and going out there and playing the golf he knows he can play. He did his job this week and I’m really proud of him.

Another Ryder Cup stalwart of Spain, Sergio Garcia, called Stenson’s ability to put his disappointment aside and perform this week “incredible”.

“I’m so happy for him,” Garcia said. “He deserves it so much. I know he was super excited to be captain of the Ryder Cup and we were delighted to have him captain. Henrik is a friend of ours and we were all delighted to have him captain, so we were obviously disappointed when he was undressed.

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Henrik Stenson
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Garcia, who has been through his share of controversy over the years, called the golf course “our paradise” and believes it helped Stenson center himself when he only had to think about playing.

“I’m sure he’s still sad about what happened, but at least he’s happy with the way he played this week and the form he showed,” Garcia said. “I’m happy for him.”

Stenson called the last 11 days a “roller coaster”, adding: “These 10 days have been busy and I am extremely proud that I have been able to concentrate so well. I haven’t finished the deal for a few years with wins. I have had a lot of support from my friends and family over the past 10 days. When the going gets tough, that’s when friendships are tested.

Stenson’s friends, of course, are now with LIV Golf and not the DP World Tour.

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