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‘Superman’ comment was sarcasm: Henrik Stenson

Sweden's golfing ace Henrik Stenson is hoping a swift recovery to a rib injury will allow him to contest next week's European Tour season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

'Superman' comment was sarcasm: Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson. Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

The Swedish golfer went on Instagram to reveal the news and to also regret the “Superman” comment he made at the conclusion to last week's Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.

Stenson last Sunday suggested his rib injury some 11 days earlier resulted from an event ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions even when he, world number one Dustin Johnson and leading China golfer Haotong Li were suspended in the air.

Stenson went on to finish joint runner-up in Shanghai but the injury clearly affected his showing in Turkey and he finished well down the field after undergoing daily treatment on the injury.

After the event, he said: “I am not Superman given certain people thought I was Superman.”

He left Turkey indicating he was returning home for an MRI on the injury but would more than likely miss both this week's Nedbank Challenge and also the final event in Dubai.

“I'm disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, as I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour,” said Stenson.

“At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point.”

“My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them.”

He added: “The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100 percent.”

 

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

Ett inlägg delat av Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) Nov 7, 2017 kl. 11:05 PST

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Sweden’s Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters

Sweden's Alex Noren came back from a seven-shot overnight deficit to claim a dramatic French Open victory at Le Golf National on Sunday, as the difficult closing stretch of the Ryder Cup course saw a host of challengers slip up.

Sweden's Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters
Swedish golfer Alex Noren holds the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France, as part of the European Tour 2018, on Sunday. Photo: LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP
Fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult had entered Sunday's play with a two-shot lead but struggled through a five-over final round to end in a three-way tie for fifth.
 
World number 16 Noren fired a brilliant four-under 67 to reach seven-under par for the tournament, before sitting back and watching his rivals falter as he won by a single stroke.
 
The 35-year-old will be a key figure for Europe when the Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28, and he showed all his qualities by playing the last three holes in two-under.
 
The big-name pairing of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm both threatened, but the two Spaniards found water at the 18th, while world number two Justin Thomas never seriously contended.
 
Julian Suri, who was looking to become the first American winner of the event since Barry Jaeckel in 1972, went to the 72nd hole on eight-under but made a watery double-bogey, while England's Chris Wood also blew a late lead.
 
That handed Noren, who finished his fourth round 45 minutes before the final group, a 10th European Tour title and first since the BMW PGA Championship in May 2017, when he also fought back from seven shots behind on the final day.
 
Scotland's Russell Knox carded a final-round 65 earlier in the day to finish tied for second with Suri and Wood on six-under — enough to secure him a spot for the British Open at Carnoustie along with Kinhult and Suri.