Henrik Stenson defends Open Championship

Henrik Stenson

The 146th Open Championship, commonly referred to as The British Open, gets underway Thursday on GOLF from Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, Merseyside, near Liverpool, England where Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson hopes to defend his title. This is the third Major on the 2017 PGA Tour.

Stenson had a brilliant and record-setting tournament last year, which took place at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. He entered the final round tied with Phil Mickelson, but pulled away with a three shot lead, making him the only male Swede to win a Major. Actually, Stenson had a very successful summer in 2016. He followed up his Major title with a Silver Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, losing to Justin Rose by two stokes.

Stenson, who now lives in Orlando, Florida, turned pro in 1998 and joined the PGA Tour in 2007. Last year’s Open Championship is his only Major title. His best finishes in recent years include being tied for third at the PGA Championship in 2014 and tied for fourth at the U.S. Open that same year. He has yet to make the cut at a Major this year, which includes the Masters and the U.S. Open.

The Open Championship was last played at Royal Birkdale in 2008 when Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington won his second consecutive Major while Stenson finished tied for third. Repeating Harrington’s streak would be something Stenson would surely like to accomplish.

Henrik Olof Stenson

Born: April 5, 1976

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Height/Weight: 6 foot 22 inches/190-pounds

PGA Tour Wins: 5

Total Wins: 14

Honors and Achievements: The Open Championship winner, 2016; Olympic Silver Medalist, 2016, FedEx Cup Champion, 2013; European Tour Golfer of the Year, 2013

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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