Tuesday 19 November 2019

Defending champion Stenson shaken by burglary but rallies to make cut

Henrik Stenson Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Henrik Stenson Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

James Corrigan

Henrik Stenson's rental house at the 146th Open has been burgled while the Swede was on the course - and the R&A is just relieved that the defending champion had already returned the Claret Jug.

Stenson, 41, was forced to cobble together clothes to wear yesterday, because his second-round outfit was among the many items taken. His clubs and shoes were obviously not in the Southport home, as he was busy compiling his first-round 69.

However, Stenson was understood to be rattled by the robbery. At around 5pm, a report was received of a burglary at a house in Freshfield Road. It is believed that the incident took place at some time between midday and 2.45pm. Cash, cards, electrical items, clothes and watches were stolen. CCTV, house-to-house and forensic enquiries are being carried out and reassurance has been given to the victim.

"When I finished my round yesterday I was informed that the house where I am staying had been burgled," Stenson said.

"It is obviously very special for me to be playing here in front of the fantastic Birkdale crowds as the defending Open champion so I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way. I am extremely grateful that my family were not in the house at the time.

"The Claret Jug was returned to the R&A on Monday but unfortunately, along with some valuable personal items, they have taken all of my clothing for the week."

Stenson signed for a three-over 73 yesterday and a two-over total at halfway, eight behind the leader and his playing partner yesterday, Jordan Spieth.


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