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Stenson wins golf tournament at LIV and has a millionaire debut

By APJuly 31, 2022 at 8:36 p.m.BEDMINSTER, NJ (AP) — Henrik Stenson's decision that cost him the European Ryder Cup captaincy paid huge dividends


July 31, 2022 at 8:36 p.m.

BEDMINSTER, NJ (AP) — Henrik Stenson’s decision that cost him the European Ryder Cup captaincy paid huge dividends Sunday when the Swede won the LIV Invitational Golf tournament in Bedminster for more than $4 million. for three days of work.

Leading three shots into the third and final round at the Trump National, Stenson opened with a 20-foot birdie putt and didn’t let anyone come within two shots the rest of the way.

He closed out a 2-under 69 for a two-shot win over Matthew Wolf (64) and Dustin Johnson, who birdied the final hole to finish on 68.

Stenson, after five years of beating a field of more than 20 players, was paid $4 million for winning and an additional $375,000 because his team finished second.

The big payday, which does not include a reported signing bonus of up to $50 million, comes less than two weeks after the 46-year-old Swede decided to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series.

Stenson had fully supported the European tour when he became Ryder Cup captain in March and the tour took his job away four months later when he changed his mind.

“I think I can agree that I played captain,” Stenson said on the tournament broadcast.

He finished with 202 strokes, 11 under par.