BEHIND EVERY GREAT GOLFER…
Henrik Stenson is perhaps less well known than his caddie, but that’s certain to change now that he has won the Accenture Match Play.
Henrik Stenson is perhaps less well known than his caddie, but that’s certain to change now that he has won the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountainn in Arizona.
Despite his number eight world ranking, Stenson, who plays defending champion Geoff Ogilvy in the 36-hole final, is not exactly a household name outside his native Sweden.
The woman who carries his clubs, Fanny Sunesson, is, on the other hand, a familiar figure after working for Nick Faldo for 10 years during the six-time majors winner’s halcyon days of the 1990s.
Stenson recruited Sunesson a year ago and, coincidence or not, he has not looked back since.
Perhaps it’s case of ‘behind every great golfer, there’s a women caddy’.
“She’s a very hard-working, experienced caddie and she’s got years and years of experience and major wins with Nick, so obviously she’s one of the best out here,” he said.
“She keeps me calm and gives me the right information. I think she worked for a Swede last in 1987, so she needs to learn the language again!”
All jokes aside, Sunesson earned her keep at the 18th hole during Stenson’s quarter-final, when he sprayed his drive into a cactus bush, and had little alternative but to take a penalty.
Stenson, however, did not retrieve his ball, not when it meant risking catching his all too valuable hand on a sharp cactus needle. Sunesson did it instead.
“It wasn’t a good spot. Fanny almost sacrificed her right arm to get the ball out,” said Stenson.
After playing primarily in Europe for the past five years, Stenson has joined the US Tour this year, and will play at least 15 events.
The 30-year-old from Gothenburg is building a house at Lake Nona in Florida, where his neighbours will include Justin Rose and Ian Poulter.
“I’m sort of going half and half between Europe and America,” he said, leaving no doubt he would continue to play on the European Tour.
Stenson, a member of last year’s victorious Ryder Cup team, has won three times in Europe, most recently at the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago, where he beat, among others, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
He has his sights set on continuing to climb the world rankings, but is under no illusion how difficult it will be to get to the very top.
“It’s going to be tough to raise my game as high as Tiger, but hopefully I can beat him a few times,” he said.
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