Keith Pelley, CEO of European Tour and Henrik Stenson (SWE) during his press conference ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 16/11/2016
Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey
Henrik Stenson today became the latest player to join the exclusive group of Honorary Life Members of the European Tour.
Stenson is the 51st player – and the first from Sweden – to receive the accolade, in recognition of his maiden Major Championship win at the The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
The current Race to Dubai leader was presented with the award by Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where he is in pole position to end the season as the European Tour’s Number One.
The first Honorary Life Member of the European Tour was its Founding Father, John Jacobs OBE, the Tour’s first Executive Director. He was later joined by golf luminaries such as Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Danny Willett became the 50th member of the club earlier this year in recognition of his triumph at the Masters Tournament and Stenson now follows him after becoming the second European Tour member to win a Major Championship in 2016.
Stenson, who broke a plethora of long-standing records during his three-shot win in Troon, went toe-to-toe with five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson in a thrilling final day duel. The Swede carded a 63 to equal the lowest round in Major history, while his 264 aggregate score was also the lowest in a Major Championship.
Stenson has enjoyed a stellar year, winning the BMW International Open in June and following up his triumph at The Open with a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. A tied second-place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last month was enough to propel him to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings heading i
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