Srixon Sports have announced that 30 Year Old Swedish Ryder Cup player HENRIK STENSON, who is currently Number 12 in the Official World Rankings, has signed a worldwide contract to endorse Srixon equipment and play golf balls from their Z-UR Series to be effective from November 29th 2006 – the Nedbank Challenge.
Srixon are thrilled to have beaten most of the Golf Industry’s leading companies to his signature and this brings further credibility to the brand’s fast growing reputation as one of the World’s leading manufacturers of golf equipment.
His signing adds another very high class player to a Srixon Tour Staff of more than 250 players Internationally and he will be used extensively in the Company’s Marketing alongside Current World Number 2 and 2006 Vardon Trophy Winner – Jim Furyk.
He will be especially strongly featured in the UK and European Markets, where with Srixon gaining the Number 2 position in the UK Golf ball Market, the company’s strategy is now focused at growing their golf ball business in a similar manner on the Continent.
Stenson’s career has gone from strength to strength each year, since representing Sweden in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1998 and turning Professional the same year with a handicap of +4.
In 2000, his talent became clear as he won The European Challenge Tour Rankings, with 8 top ten finishes and 3 wins.
In 2001 he won the Benson and Hedges Tournament and in 2004 won The Heritage Tournament at Woburn.
In 2005, the Dubai based player had a string of high placed finishes in Europe and climbed to 8th place in the Order of Merit. He was in the money in 21 out of 26 events, with 9 top 10 finishes and was leading points scorer in the Seve Trophy in the same year.
2006 has seen him win twice more in Europe at the Qatar Masters and the BMW International and this enabled him to qualify and make his debut in the 2006 European Ryder Cup team, where he was again in the right place at the right time, as he coolly holed the putt that won the trophy again for Europe.
Indeed he is gaining quite a reputation as a formidable opponent in Team Events.
He finished in 6th place in the 2006 Final Order of Merit.
He also had a third placed finish at the 2006 TPC at Sawgrass.
Stenson has also gained a strong reputation over recent years as one of the game’s longest hitters and this also makes him one of it’s most exciting players to watch and yet he also possesses one of the finest short games around.
Stenson will be using Srixon 506 Irons and will be working with the company to get the maximum number of Srixon products into his Srixon bag in the minimum possible time. He will be using Golf Balls from the Z-UR Series and will also be wearing Srixon caps and using Srixon gloves.
Stenson Tops Els, Woods for Dubai Title
By Sports Network - February 04, 2007
2006 Dubai Desert ClassicDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Five different players held at least a share of the lead during Sunday's final round of the Dubai Desert Classic before Henrik Stenson broke through the crowd.
Stenson moved ahead of the pack with a birdie on the par-4 14th and clinched his fifth European Tour title with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
The Swede closed with a 4-under 68 to finish the tournament at 19-under-par 269. Third-round leader Ernie Els, a three-time winner here, managed a 1-under 71 to end alone in second at minus-18.
World No. 1 and 2006 champion Tiger Woods birdied four of the final six holes to shoot 3-under 69 at Emirates Golf Club. He tied for third place with Niclas Fasth, who shot a final-round 68, at 17-under-par 271.
Ross Fisher, who held at least a share of the lead after the first two rounds, closed with a 71 to finish in fifth at minus-16.
Fisher joined Woods, Els, Fasth and Stenson as the five players who owned at least a share of the lead during the final round. However, Fisher was done in by back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.
Stenson, who now lives in Dubai, birdied the par-4 second for the fourth straight round and that gave him a share of the lead with Els, who bogeyed the same hole.
The 30-year-old Stenson remained at 16 under as he parred the next six holes. During that span, Els and Fisher pulled ahead before eventually falling behind.
After the last of his six straight pars, Stenson was one up on Woods, Els and Fisher. However, Stenson faltered to a bogey on nine to join those three atop the leaderboard at 15 under par.
Stenson birdied the 11th for the third day in a row, joining Fasth, Fisher and Els in the lead. Fisher, playing one group ahead of Stenson, birdied the 13th. Stenson also birdied 13, for the fourth straight day, to tie Fisher at 17 under.
From there, Stenson pulled one clear with a birdie on No. 14 and things stayed that way as he parred the next three holes. Stenson drained a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to best Els, who also birdied the last.
Stenson gets his own match play moment, 1st Ld-Writethru
By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
February 26, 2007
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) -- Henrik Stenson was so exhausted he could barely celebrate the biggest win of his career.
The lead changed hands five times during the frost of morning and warmth of afternoon, first through brilliant birdies and eagles, later because of three-putt bogeys when fatigue caused lapses in concentration.
Only when Stenson's 60-foot eagle putt trickled to tap-in range at the 35th hole could he relax.
"That felt pretty good," Stenson said.
His week at the Accenture Match Play Championship was far better than that.
The 30-year-old Swede survived 120 holes over five days, and wild swings in momentum and mood in the 36-hole title match Sunday against defending champion Geoff Ogilvy.
Stenson trailed by two with 10 holes left when he found whatever he had left in reserve, playing mistake-free golf and finding four birdies that carried him to a 2-and-1 victory, making him the first Swede to win a World Golf Championship.
He moved up to No. 5 in the world ranking, joining the elite in golf, the highest position ever by a Swede.
His reaction upon hearing all this was to slowly lower his head on the table and close his eyes.
"I'm just exhausted," he said. "It probably hasn't even sunk in 100 percent yet. It's everything -- playing, I don't know how many rounds, seven rounds in five days? My feet are aching, head is aching."
Then he paused ever so slightly, allowing his dry humor to come out.
"Wallet is aching," he said of the $1.35 million that puts him atop the European Tour Order of Merit.
Ogilvy hurt for other reasons. He was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only player to win this unpredictable tournament in consecutive years, and it looked as though the 29-year-old Aussie would win his 12th straight match over two years.
He had gone 12 holes without a birdie and was 2 down going to the afternoon round when he birdied the first hole and squared the match when Stenson three-putted the second. Ogilvy took a 1-up lead by driving the green on the par-4 seventh and two-putting from 65 feet, and he made it 2 up with Stenson three-putted again, this time from 30 feet on the eighth.
Things were going my way," Ogilvy said. "He was probably wasn't feeling too great walking down to the ninth hole."
Everything changed with one mistake.
Ogilvy came up well short on the ninth, and three-putted from about 60 feet, missing a 4-footer for par.
"It's just a ridiculous gift to three-putt the ninth hole," Ogilvy said. "I can't even describe how stupid it is. When you've got momentum on your side and you just hand it straight back to him, it was just not a very smart thing to do."
The 11th hole wasn't much better. With a wedge in hand, he hit over the green and did well to chip 15 feet by the hole, missing that par putt to square the match.
The key for Stenson turned out to be the 334-yard 12th hole in the morning and afternoon.
He used the blade of his sand wedge to roll in a 25-foot birdie putt that gave him a 1-up lead in the morning, and it took Ogilvy 13 holes to get the lead back. In the afternoon round, Stenson blasted out of a bunker to 6 feet for birdie to take the lead again.
This time, he didn't lose it.
Even in defeat, Ogilvy showed why he has done so well in this format. He flew the green on the 13th, only to make a 12-foot par putt to halve the hole and stay 1 down. On the par-3 14th, Ogilvy short-sided himself in the bunker, blasted out to 18 feet and again made a clutch par putt to halve the hole.
Stenson was impressed. He looked back at Ogilvy and smiled, giving him a thumbs-up sign.
Two holes later, he buried him.
With a 1-up lead playing the par-3 16th, Stenson hit a towering 8-iron that plopped down 2 feet next to the hole. Ogilvy hit the same club to 6 feet, but his birdie putt veered to the left. That gave Stenson a 2-up lead playing the 600-yard 17th, where the Swede's length gave him a big advantage. He needed only two putts from 60 feet to win, and he nestled the eagle putt close.
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"That's just the way it goes," said Ogilvy, who earned $800,000. "He wasn't at his best, either, but he got it done when he needed to."
In the 18-hole consolation match, Trevor Immelman began the back nine with three straight birdies and won, 4 and 2, over Chad Campbell to claim third place and $575,000. Campbell earned $475,000.
The victory gave Stenson a new match-play memory.
Until Sunday, he was best known as the tall Swede who holed the winning putt for Europe at the Ryder Cup. Stenson says that moment was a little overrated because Europe was beating the Americans so badly that anyone could have made that putt.
Besides, that was for the flag. This was for himself.
"Both experiences are ones that I cherish," he said.