Henrik Stenson of Sweden.
Henrik Stenson of Sweden. Kamran Jebreili

Golf writers honour Stenson

GOLF: Swede Henrik Stenson has won the Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in his career.

The award is voted on by members of the Association of Golf Writers and recognises the player - born in or a resident of Europe - who has made the year's most outstanding contribution to the sport.

The world No.4 overcame American Phil Mickelson in a thrilling final-round battle to triumph in the British Open at Royal Troon in July.

The 40-year-old beat off competition from US Masters winner Danny Willett, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and Alex Noren, who captured four European Tour victories in 2016, for the award he first won in 2013.

"It's wonderful to be chosen ... and I feel very honoured to win the award for a second time,” Stenson said.

"It's been a fantastic season for me winning my first major at Royal Troon, winning the BMW International in Germany, winning a silver medal at the Rio Games and finishing first again in the Race to Dubai.”

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