Having become the Race to Dubai winner thanks to his performances at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai, where he finished in a tie for ninth position after four rounds, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2016.
Having won his first major at the Open Championships at Royal Troon earlier in the year, matching the lowest score at a major in the process, the 40-year-old has certainly enjoyed a fruitful year. With players not set to enjoy a well-deserved break from the game before action kicks off again early next year, bookmakers are already selecting their favourites for tournaments in 2017.
Despite challenging all the way until the final hole in Rio over the summer, Stenson will also be proud of his Olympic silver medal, with great friend and Ryder Cup team mate Justin Rose eventually claiming the gold, with the Swede having claimed the European golfer of the year title for the second time, having also collected the award back in 2013.
Stenson has described the past season as the "the best of my career", and he will certainly look to challenge on all fronts again next season. Despite the US Masters at Augusta still five months away, the bookies never miss a trick, with markets available on many sports for 2017, including a complete grand national betting guide among others.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that the European Tour will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments in the 2017 schedule, one more than the previous campaign. With three tournaments returning to the calendar in new guises, the international schedule is headlined by the seven Roles Series events, each one carrying a minimum prize fund of £5.5 million.
The Tour will head to Sicily for the first time since 2012 in May, with the Portugal Open also be held after a seven-year absence. There will certainly be plenty of opportunities for punters to get involved in sports betting next season, with the likes of Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett likely to be challenging for honours once again.
Meanwhile, across the pond, following his return to action after a 15-month injury layoff, Tiger Woods have committed to his first event of 2017, agreeing to take part in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
The 14-time major winner is looking to return to somewhere close to his best following such a long period out of the game, and Woods will host the event, despite not having played in it since 2006. Woods is a major outsider with the bookies to add to his major wins next season, having finished 15th in the Hero World Challenge on his return.
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