Henrik Stenson happy to be back

Henrik Stenson happy to be back
Henrik Stenson

Dubai - The 39-year-old from Gothenburg, who finished in a tie for third at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last week, believes it will be fun to play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which is so close to his heart, having been a long-time Dubai resident before moving full-time to the United States in 2012.



Published: Thu 28 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 30 Jan 2016, 10:34 AM

Henrik Stenson will be hoping to conjure memories of his 'special victory' when he returns to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club from February 4 to 7.
The first golfer to win the Tour Championships on the PGA and European Tours in the same season in 2013, Stenson savoured "extra satisfaction" when he won the 2007 edition of the European Tour event for his first success in a tournament featuring Tiger Woods.
"It's always nice to beat Tiger obviously. He is a great player, so of course that gives you extra satisfaction to beat him," Stenson said at the time. It was the South African great Ernie Els who posed the biggest threat to Stenson in 2007 before the Swede competed a thrilling one-shot victory, drilling his sand wedge to within seven feet for a birdie on the final green.
"To play four rounds with Ernie and to beat him by a shot coming down the stretch was pretty cool," said Stenson who since has become one of the most consistent players on the tour, one who has spent over 100 weeks ranked in the world's top-10.
The 39-year-old from Gothenburg, who finished in a tie for third at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last week, believes it will be fun to play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which is so close to his heart, having been a long-time Dubai resident before moving full-time to the United States in 2012.
"It feels nice to get back to a golf course where you have played a number of times. I like the (Majlis) course because it has very good variation. You don't get tired of playing on the course. You can play over and over again - and still it's fun to play, said Stenson, who underwent a surgery in December to clean up the meniscus in his right knee.
"There are not too many courses I know better than the Majlis. I feel like I know this course inside out, and had the success in 2007 and another couple of high finishes. So, it's a really an enjoyable week for me in Dubai," said Stenson, who boasts 17 professional wins, including nine on the European Tour since turning pro in 1998.


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