Sten­son will work, needs proper at­tire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Hen­rik Sten­son scram­bled to put to­gether cloth­ing for the sec­ond round of the Bri­tish Open on Fri­day af­ter his rental home was bur­glar­ized while he was com­pet­ing in the first round of the tour­na­ment Thurs­day.

Mersey­side po­lice con­firmed that the theft took place dur­ing day­light hours, with the be­lief that the cul­prits knew Sten­son’s iden­tity and had tar­geted the res­i­dence while he was away.

“Of course it was not the af­ter­noon, evening that we wanted yes­ter­day [Thurs­day], to get the news,” Sten­son said af­ter a sec­ond-round 73 on Fri­day left him eight shots be­hind leader Jor­dan Spi­eth. “I was still out here get­ting treat­ment. And, yeah, it was kind of sur­real, and to find out that my suit­case and all my clothes were gone, that was a bit weird. And I still had some dirty laun­dry in an­other bag, so I man­aged to wash some of that up. … And yeah, we can keep on go­ing, ob­vi­ously. But it’s not happy news, is it?”

In ad­di­tion to his golf cloth­ing, cash and jew­elry also were taken.

“Ac­tu­ally they missed my carry-on, so I still have my stuff,” he said. “If they’re lis­ten­ing, they didn’t get the full jack­pot …”

Sten­son, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, had been pho­tographed and filmed leav­ing the home Mon­day as he took the tra­di­tional step of re­turn­ing the Open tro­phy, the Claret Jug, to tour­na­ment of­fi­cials. Po­lice have asked for as­sis­tance to find the thieves.

Sten­son opened the tour­na­ment with a 69 on Thurs­day be­fore re­turn­ing to his rental home and find­ing the items miss­ing.

“I wasn’t look­ing for­ward to hav­ing four hours of semi-chaotic and po­lice run­ning around the house, and hav­ing to go out,” Sten­son said. “Had been out there a long day. Would rather just go back and wind down and take it easy. That was all I was look­ing for­ward to, and that didn’t hap­pen. I had to get some new gear and so on. But all in all, we’re in good shape. And noth­ing hap­pened to any per­son, which is the main thing.”

Real sweet tooth

ESPN.com’s Eli Saslow re­ported in March that Chicago White Sox prospect Yoan Mon­cada has been known to eat as many as 85 Twinkies in a sin­gle week.

On Wed­nes­day, Chicago fans wel­comed Mon­cada with what could be the start of a new tra­di­tion.

Mon­cada, 22, made his of­fi­cial MLB de­but in Wed­nes­day’s home game against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, and pock­ets of fans at Guar­an­teed Rate Field held snack cakes in the air dur­ing his at-bats.

Mon­cada reached on a walk in the sec­ond in­ning. He failed to get a hit in his two other plate ap­pear­ances dur­ing Chicago’s 9-1 loss.

True come­back

Nashkho Galaev was down and briefly out in­side the MMA cage at ACB 64 in Turkey on Wed­nes­day, but the ban­tamweight fighter didn’t let a mo­ment of un­con­scious­ness keep him from vic­tory.

In the bout’s open­ing round, De­nis Mut­snek choked out Galaev while pin­ning him against the cage. Galaev was un­re­spon­sive for a cou­ple of sec­onds be­fore wak­ing up in time for the of­fi­cial to al­low the fight to con­tinue.

Galaev sur­vived the round and re­turned to a sim­i­larly rocky start in the sec­ond round, but proved to still have plenty of fight left in him.

The 25-year-old Rus­sian worked his way out of an­other jam, land­ing sev­eral shots to Mut­snek be­fore de­liv­er­ing the fi­nal blow: a bru­tal right knee to the face.

AP/PETER MORRISON

Hen­rik Sten­son’s rental home was bur­glar­ized dur­ing Thurs­day’s first round at the Bri­tish Open, but Sten­son said the bur­glars “didn’t get the full jack­pot.”

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