South African Open: Stenson rests on laurels

Henrik Stenson will miss South African Open

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Having become the first player to capture the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles in the same year, golfer Henrik Stenson will miss the South African Open due to a wrist problem.

The Swede has been troubled by his wrist for some time now and was worried that it might have an impact on his bid to add the Race to Dubai title to an impressive run that culminated in a $10million bonus for landing the FedEx Cup series.

He needn’t have worried, as Sunday saw him overcame any pain he may have been suffering to secure the DP World Tour Championship, but he has wisely decided to finally take a break.

Stenson said: “Despite my performance in Dubai, I am still having concerns about my wrist, and it really needs to rest.

“I realise this is disappointing to the organisers and my fans, but this decision was extremely difficult for me. I love this tournament and was always looking forward to coming back to defend my title.

“Unfortunately, in our line of business, we have to be very mindful of injuries and be careful not to make matters worse. I wish everyone participating in this year’s SA Open a fantastic tournament.”

Stenson won the tournament last year but in his absence there will still be a strong line-up that includes the likes of former major winners Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen, along with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

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