Henrik Stenson ousted by Swedish Golf Federation after his move to Saudi-backed circuit

"We do not think that Henrik Stenson who represents LIV is the right ambassador" SGF stated regarding Stenson.

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson

The Swedish Golf Federation this week announced that they will be cutting ties with former Open Champion Henrik Stenson owing to his links with the Saudi-backed series.

“SGF considers this [the invitational element of LIV Golf] to be far from the competitive sport we want to pursue,” SGF secretary general Gunnar Håkansson informed.

For that reason, we do not think that Henrik Stenson, who represents LIV, is the right ambassador for the association’s Para golf activities, nor someone we choose to cooperate with current junior competitions”, he added.

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Swedish Golfer Henrik Stenson’s relationship with SGF comes to end due to LIV links

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist who has been an ambassador for Para and Junior golf activities in his home country since 2014 himself took to Instagram saying: “Naturally, we are disappointed that the SGF feel that our commitment and financial support via the Henrik Stenson Foundation is no longer wanted, but this will in no way impact our drive to develop junior and Para golf in Sweden“.

After signing with LIV Golf in late July, Stenson was also axed off his captaincy role for the Ryder Cup this summer, despite his statements in March.

Yeah, there’s been a lot of speculation back and forth, and as I said, I am fully committed to the captaincy and to Ryder Cup Europe and the job at hand, so we’re going to keep busy with that, and I’m going to do everything in my power to deliver a winning team in Rome.”

However, this is not the first instance when a player had to bear the cost of having a relationship with LIV, many have faced suspension recently.

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