Henrik Stenson had quite a solid showing at the Open Championship this past weekend but the week wasn’t all news good for the Swede. Stenson was the headline of a story that was a little overlooked during the week.
The former Open champ found out on Thursday that the home he was staying in outside of Royal Birkdale was burglarized. The culprits took from Stenson’s belongings including clothes and a few personal items that he was keeping in the house. Luckily for all, however, Stenson had previously returned the Claret Jug that he won the year before or that would likely have been taken as well, leaving Jordan Spieth with nothing to drink out of.
Stenson had a message for those who entered his rental house, taunting the thieves, eluding to the fact that they missed out on the real loot. “Actually they missed my carry-on, so I still have my stuff,” Stenson said. “If they’re listening, they didn’t get the full jackpot, but they got obviously a lot of valuables, watches and other things.”
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In a follow-up police report, the authorities in the U.K. have stated that thieves got away with cash, cards, electrical items, clothes, and watches. While there have not been any suspects identified, detectives have forensic teams working the scene attempting to find any evidence that could lead to the culprits. Even with little to go on, they are confident that the burglars will be caught.
Luckily for these criminals, Stenson was not in the home when they broke in. Stenson has such a calm demeanor on the golf course that I would imagine that he would have been able to handle the situation. Plus, the glare that he gives on the course is so sharp, staring down the would be criminal might have scared him off immediately.
While this was not a huge act of memorabilia theft, it will serve as an example and reminder to golfers to make sure that their valuables are locked up and safe while they compete.
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