Henrik Stenson's second Race to Dubai title is the latest in a series of milestones throughout his career. We look at some of the many highlights.
• Born April 5th, 1976.
• Represented Sweden in the 1998 Eisenhower Trophy and was part of the Continental Europe Team that won the St Andrews Trophy the same year.
• Turned professional at the end of 1998.
• Attended the 1999 European Tour Qualifying School but failed to obtain a card.
• Won the Challenge Tour Rankings in his second season in 2000 with a then record of €108,711. He became the first player to with the Rankings with over €100,000.
• Won his first European Tour title in his rookie season in his only 16th European Tour event at the 2001 Benson and Hedges International Open, where he won in wire-to-wire fashion.
• Finished his rookie season on the European Tour in 44th place.
• Won his second European Tour title at the Heritage in 2004.
• Finished inside the top ten of the Order of Merit for the first time in 2005, where he finished eighth.
• Led the 2006 Ryder Cup World Points Table, leading to his Ryder Cup debut at The K Club. He had the honour of claiming the winning point, beating Vaughn Taylor in the singles 4 & 3. Recorded multiple victories on the European Tour for the first time in 2006, claiming the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and BMW International Open, on his way to sixth in the order of merit.
• Won twice again in 2007, firstly at the Dubai Desert Classic and the becoming the first Continental European to win a World Golf Championships event, at the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship. Finished a career-high of fourth in the order of merit.
• Represented Europe for a second time in The Ryder Cup in 2008. Partnered Robert Karlsson to win the World Cup for Sweden later that year.
• In 2009 became the second Continental European to win the Players Championship on the US PGA Tour, following Sergio Garcia, 12 months earlier.
• In 2011 fell out of the top 200 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
• Won the 2012 SA Open Championship. This was his first European Tour victory in over five years, to become the second Swede to win the Championship, following Mathias Grönberg in 2000.
• Won two of the 2013 US PGA Tour FedEx Cup Series events, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola to become the first European to win the FedEx Cup Series.
Followed that with a win in the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and to claim the Race to Dubai, becoming the second Swede to finish the season as European Tour Number One, following Robert Karlsson in 2008. Since the European Tour’s first season in 1972, he became the fifth Continental European to finish in top spot, following Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Karlsson and Martin Kaymer. Became the first player in European Tour history to win the Challenge Tour Rankings (2000) and be crowned European Tour Number One, in 2013. Produced his best finish in a Major Championship, a second behind Phil Mickelson, at The Open Championship in 2013.
• Made a successful defence of his DP World Tour Championship, Dubai title in 2014, on his way to second in the Race to Dubai.
• In 2016 won his second BMW International Open title. Then a month later becomes the first Swedish male to win a Major Championship when he claimed The Open Championship, aged 40 years and 103 days, in what was his 42 Major Championship appearance.
In the process drew level with Robert Karlsson’s 11 European Tour victories for the most by a Swedish player on the European Tour. His 72 hole total in winning The Open of 264 is the lowest in Major history, as was his winning total in relation to par of 20 under. His final round of 63 matched the lowest final round in a Major by a winner.
At the end of the season, claimed his second Race to Dubai title, following on from 2013. Since the European Tour’s first season in 1972 follows Seve Balleteros (1976, 77, 78, 86, 88 and 91) and Bernhard Langer (1981 and 84), as players from Continental Europe to finish as European Tour Number One on two or more occasions. Since the European Tour’s first season in 1972, be becomes the 12th player to finish the year as European Tour Number One on two or more occasions. Awarded European Tour Honorary Membership on the eve of the DP World Tour Championship.