It’s been a pretty wretched day at Royal Portrush Golf Club for a bunch of golfers on the final day of The Open. Brooks Koepka and J.B. Holmes have both fallen well out of contention, and now Henrik Stenson is poised to blow his strong performance after one terrible shot.
On the 17th hole, Stenson shanked his shot right, and was forced to watch it sail off to the side of the stands. The brutal shot quickly enraged the 2016 Open champion, who then broke his club over the knee.
Stenson seemed to mutter a profanity as well, while the commentators noted that his actions might get him a punishment from the association.
He finished the hole with a bogey.
A shank from Henrik Stenson and a broken iron over the leg. pic.twitter.com/qEQd7PXYmw
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Stenson came into the day at -6, well within contention for a top 10 finish. But four bogeys on the front nine dumped him several strokes behind that line.
He seemed like he might recover with two birdies on the back nine, only to suffer three more bogeys later on – including the ill-fated shank on the 17th.
Stenson would bogey on the 18th hole to finish at +5 on the day, and -1 overall. As of writing, he is tied for 21st.
Overall, 2019 was a difficult year at the majors for Stenson. He finished 36th at the Masters and 48th at the PGA Championship before placing ninth at the U.S. Open.