Stenson's new challenge: Finding 4 Coke machines
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
So with the pressure of winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup behind him, Henrik Stenson can breathe easily, right?
Not quite, because while he basks in the glory of his achievement, there is the matter of finding four Coca-Cola machines. That’s right, four.
“They are for people who asked for them and I promised,” Stenson said. “I keep my promises.”
Stenson receives one as part of his victory Sunday in the Tour Championship (the tournament is presented by Coca-Cola, after all), and that’s earmarked for his home, which is good news for children Lisa and Karl. But he’s got four other requests, including one from Tour colleague Jonas Blixt, a fellow Swede.
“He sent me a picture the other day. He was sitting with a bottle (of Coke) and said, ‘I don’t know where to put it. I’m waiting for my Coke machine.’ Now, he’s going to get one. I’m trying to figure out how to get four more. (But) at least we have the cash to pay for them, right?”
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NEW TEAM, OLD FRIENDS: Veteran caddie Gareth Lord has worked for Stenson only since 2012, but via his partnership with Robert Karlsson years ago, they have known each other for what seems like forever. “So when we started with him (last year), the first week didn’t feel like the first week. You had been with him,” said Lord, a personable Englishman with a sense of humor to rival Stenson’s.
When the topic of Stenson’s much-publicized fit of anger at the BMW Championship (he smashed a driver into a locker at Conway Farms) was broached, Lord merely shrugged. No harm, no foul.
“He’s not one to bottle things up,” Lord said. “What he did, he did. But if it wasn’t that, then he would have had to have done something to get it out of his system. He felt he was playing so well, and he was so tired.”
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DOUBLING UP ON THE FUN? After a few weeks of R&R at his home in Lake Nona, Fla., Stenson will get to work and return to action for the BMW Masters on Oct. 24-27 in China, the first of the four events that comprise the European Tour’s answer to the FedEx Cup.
Stenson leads the Race to Dubai standings and will try to become the first player to win that competition and the FedEx Cup. Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy have won money titles on both sides of the pond in the same year, but neither claimed the FEC title.