My blog entries this year have mainly involved one of the following three: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. This week is no different. Stenson, the 37 year-old from Gothenburg, Sweden, has had a stunning year. He has always been one of these names in golf that was there or there abouts, but had never really seemed to live up to his true potential. That changed this year! It all started in my homeland, he came in third at the Scottish Open, which won by Phil Mickelson. From there, he had a second place finish at The Open Championship, which was also won by the big leftie. Also, he just took residence in the top-10 of golfing events throughout the world.
Stenson won the FedEx Cup, the first Swede to do so, and picked up a rather sizeable paycheck in doing so. Henrik decided that American domination wasn’t enough. He then wanted to conquer Europe, and he didby winning the European Tour’s Race to Dubai series. He was the first person to achieve this astonishing feat.
Yesterday, Henrik Stenson was awarded the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year award. I am still annoyed that he didn’t win the equivalent award on the US Tour. That award went to Tiger Woods, who didn’t even have a season in the same league as Stenson. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said ”It’s a big honour to be voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year…It just reflects the stellar year I have had.”
“You can call it a dream season, year of my life, whatever you want. It has been an unbelievable year and I am delighted to win this award, especially as I am the first Swede to do so.”
”You look at the past winners of this award and most of the greats of European golf are on there, which just adds to the prestige of winning it. To win the FedExCup and the American Tour Championship in some style and then follow that by taking The Race to Dubai was very special.”
“There is still on thing missing from the trophy cabinet though. Stenson is on the list of greats that are yet to win a major. ”The majors are the biggest goal for me now and if I can continue to play at the level I have been then I feel I can have a pretty good shot at them.”
Golfers are working harder and more meticulously on every single aspect of their game nowadays. The skills of the world’s best are simply sensational, and for someone to go out and outshine everyone as Stenson did, his year was truly astounding. I’m looking forward to see what 2014 has in store for the big chap.