MY SHOT: HENRIK STENSON
ON MURDERING HIS GOLF CLUBS, MAKING AND LOSING MILLIONS, AND BETTING BIG ON PORRIDGE. WITH GUY YOCOM
The Swede on murdering his golf clubs, losing millions, and betting big on porridge.
I HAVE A TEMPER ON THE GOLF COURSE. When my fuses start to melt, I have to react immediately, or else I’m useless the rest of the round. Because I can’t punch myself out, I tend to take it out on my clubs. My clubs are my friends, and as such I have a bunch on my conscience for how I’ve treated them. I’ve lost count of how many drivers, fairway woods and wedges I’ve murdered. To the 7-iron I broke during the 2011 US Open – and the clubs I undoubtedly will break in the future – I humbly apologise. WE SWEDES are descended from Vikings, which might explain why I’m tough on golf clubs. They were a ruthless people who sometimes took out whole villages. I watched a series on them a while back, and I thought, So that’s where my temper comes from. Primitive as the times were, the Vikings were highly skilled. If there had been endorsements for hatchets and spears in those days, the Vikings would have had their names on everything.