Henrik Stenson 'not happy' HSBC stunt being blamed for injury

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Henrik Stenson 'not happy' HSBC stunt being blamed for injury

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Henrik Stenson 'not happy' HSBC stunt being blamed for injury

Last week Henrik Stenson revealed he was battling a rib injury that could end his season – and hinted that he may have injured it in a promotional stunt prior to the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

“I am not Superman given certain people thought I was Superman,” Stenson said last week. “If you saw the promotion in Shanghai, you know what I mean.”

But now, Stenson is trying to deflect some of the ire being directed toward the promotion: which included himself and Dustin Johnson being hoisted into the air while wearing a harness. He also said that the injury might only keep him out of this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, not the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai as previously reported.

“My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them,” Stenson wrote via Instagram. “I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event, and I was never forced to do anything.

“HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal.”

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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