Produced one of the epic performances in Open history by edging out Phil Mickelson to become the first Swedish male golfer to win a major at The Open at Royal Troon. After being introduced to golf by a family friend, Stenson played his first round of golf at age 12 and carried a zero handicap by 18. A natural left-hander, Stenson learned to play golf right-handed. He turned professional in 1999 and the following year topped the European Challenge Tour Rankings with a record of eight top-10 finishes, which included three wins. His triumph at the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, made him the first player to claim both the Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season. Has won 10 individual titles on the European Tour, and also partnered fellow Swede Robert Karlsson to victory in the 2008 World Cup. A global player, the Gothenburg native divides his time between Europe and the USA and has won on five separate tours. He is coached by the Dubai-based Pete Cowen.