There are currently only a few athletes in the world that can be described with the terms great and consistent. A perfect example of a golfer who fits this description is Henrik Stenson.
Although he has not yet achieved the feat of being the world’s number one, there is a side to Stenson’s game that sets him apart from the others. Let’s take some time to take a look at the life of the Swedish professional golfer.
Henrik Stenson Biography
Henrik Olof Stenson was born on 5 April 1976. He comes from Gothenburg, Sweden. Henrik grew up in southern Sweden with his father Ingemar, his mother Mona, and his younger sister Ulrika.
He joined the European Tour in 2001 and the PGA in 2007. He can look back on 20 professional wins: 6 PGA tours, 11 European tours, 1 Asian tour, and 1 Sunshine tour. He represented Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won a silver medal in that competition and was the first golfer to win both the FedEx Cup on the U.S. PGA Tour and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour in the same season. He achieved these successes in 2013.
1999 was the year in which the natural left-hander became a professional golfer. In 2000, he led the second-ranking of the European Golf Tour, the Challenge Tour. A year after he had advanced to the big leagues, he achieved his first victory on the European Tour when he won the Benson and Hedges International Open.
From 2005 to 2008 he made it into the top ten in the European Ranking of Merit.
His victory over Geoff Ogilvy in the final of the WGC Accenture Match Championship put him in the top two places in the European Ranking of Merit and in fifth place in the World Ranking, the highest position ever achieved by a male Swedish golfer. He ensured that Europe won the Ryder Cup for the third year running when he beat Vaughn Taylor 4 and 3 with the winning putt in 2016, and this was his debut in the competition.
Stenson reached a career-high point in 2014, finishing as number two in the world, only behind the number one, Adam Scott. He also achieved his best career result in the Masters (T14), the U.S. Open (T4), and the PGA Championship (T3).
2015 was not the best year of his career for the Swede. He could only settle for several second places, but not a single championship win.
In 2017, Stenson achieved another incredible performance when he set the Wyndham Championship overall score record (258) and defeated Ollie Schniederjans with a single blow.
Family – Wife, Daughter
Henrik Stenson is married to Emma Lofgren. The couple met at the University of South Carolina and have been married for over a decade.
Emma, like her husband, is a golfer, although she never turned pro. She grew up in a home for athletes in northern Sweden. While studying at the University of South Carolina, Lofgren studied public relations and media. After graduating, she worked as a teaching professional at Barsebach Golf and Country Club. As a teenager she was an exceptional alpine skier, she had to choose between skiing and golf. When she came to South Carolina, she chose the obvious latter.
The couple grew up in separate states in Sweden. The Stenson family is from the southern part of Sweden, while the Lofgren family is from the northern part of Sweden.
Stenson met Emma at university when she played amateur golf. They had their first date in 1997 and had to wait a decade before they finally got married in Dubai in 2006. After their marriage, they stayed in Dubai for six years before finally moving to the USA in 2012.
The couple has been blessed with three wonderful children, two girls, and a boy. The first of the three children is their daughter Lisa, born in July 2007. The second is their son Karl, born in March 2010. And the last is their princess Alice, born in October 2014. Lisa and Earl were born in Dubai, while Alice was born in the USA. The couple and their three children live at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
During one of Stenson’s PGA events, his little daughter Alice ran down the fairway to hug Daddy. The spectators were amused, this scene was one of the best moments of the season.
Stenson is six feet (1.86 m) tall. He weighs about 90 kg.
Henrik Stenson Net Worth
From the accumulation of gaming revenue, sponsorship money and other payouts, Henrik Stenson is worth about a staggering $28 million.