Ryder Cup: Henrik Stenson juggles time as he prepares for Scandinavian team | Golf News – NewsRaiser


Henrik Stenson will be the captain of Europe at the Ryder Cup in Rome 2023

Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson is trying to strike a balance between playing and planning as he prepares to make his second European appearance this season.

The 46-year-old finished 34th at the Porsche European Open in Germany last week, having made nine previous appearances in the United States, where he missed the cut in four tournaments and withdrew from another due to injury.

This week the Swede and compatriot Annika Sorenstam are co-hosting the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed event at Halmstad Golf Club and Stenson will be hoping to get a boost playing at home to clear her head for next year’s event in Rome.

Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson are co-organizers of the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed event

Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson are co-organizers of the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed event

“It’s been pretty busy, a lot of planning, we have the great Ryder Cup Europe team and my own team around me. Everyone works hard to make sure everything gets done,” he said.

“There are a lot of processes and we’re doing well with a lot of them, so it’s busy, busy.

“I’ve been working on the long game a lot for the last six months and I feel like there’s been a trend in the spring: I haven’t really had any results to show for it, but it’s good in the right way.”

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“Maybe a little setback last week, it didn’t go so well in Hamburg, but we keep working and patience and hard work usually pay off. »

The inaugural staging of the event, in which 78 men and 78 women play on the same course for a prize pool of £1.5m, double last year’s total, had to be played behind closed doors due to the pandemic. of Covid-19.

It was Sorenstam’s first appearance in Sweden in 13 years and she went on to win the US Senior Women’s Open, qualifying her for a spot at last week’s US Women’s Open.

Annika Sorenstam missed the cut at the US Women's Open after rounds 74 and 81

Annika Sorenstam missed the cut at the US Women’s Open after rounds 74 and 81

“I’ve enjoyed the last year and a half playing and training, so we’ll see,” the 51-year-old said.

“It’s great to be here. It’s obviously tough competition, some of the best European players in both men and women, but I feel pretty good about my game.

“I just want to have a good time, play my best and be a good host, so we’ll see. »

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