That’s not precisely what Henrik Stenson stated after he gained the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster on Sunday in his first crack at a Greg Norman-fronted, Saudi-backed tour occasion.
Solely 11 days in the past, the 46-year-old Swede was stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy by the DP World Tour the second he joined LIV Golf.
Stenson was crushed by the choice, however he by no means confirmed that this week at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster in New Jersey, the place he outlasted Matthew Wolff and Dustin Johnson and gained by two photographs at 11-under par to Wolff’s and Johnson’s respective 9-under.
To ease his open wounds from the Ryder Cup sacking, Stenson gained $4 million for ending first.
“I believe there might need been a bit of additional little bit of motivation this week,’’ Stenson stated. “And once we as gamers have that, it may well carry out some good things. That’s been a little bit of a theme — once I actually need one thing, I handle to dig a bit of bit deeper and make one thing occur.’’
Henrik Stenson kisses the trophy after profitable at Trump Bedminster on Sunday.AP
That was about so far as Stenson would go because it pertained to him wanting to stay it to the powers that be at DP World Tour. As he had on Saturday after taking a three-shot lead into the ultimate spherical, Stenson on Sunday declined to thump his chest in regards to the victory and shove it within the face of those that fired him.
The job of crowing was left as much as a few of Stenson’s fellow European gamers.
“Not a nasty approach to begin your LIV Golf profession, is it?’’ England’s Lee Westwood stated. “He was clearly eager about [his Ryder Cup firing] rather a lot, and he was in a position to play with a transparent thoughts this week and deal with the golf.’’
“It’s been a tricky couple of weeks for him,’’ Englishman Ian Poulter stated. “He works arduous and he’s dedicated and I do know he’s extraordinarily upset. He’s achieved his job this week, which is sensible.’’
Winner Henrik Stenson shakes arms with President Donald Trump.AP
Poulter stated he was “upset’’ to see Stenson eliminated as captain.
“Henrik is an emotional individual and this is able to have been a tricky factor to take to be stripped of his captaincy when he’d made each single effort potential with LIV Golf to have the ability to fulfill his contract,” Poulter stated. “So, each credit score to him to refocus this week and go on the market and play the golf he is aware of he can play. He’s achieved his job this week and I’m actually pleased with him.’’
Spain’s Sergio Garcia, one other Ryder Cup stalwart, referred to as Stenson’s skill to place his disappointment apart and carry out this week “superb.’’
“I’m so completely happy for him,’’ Garcia stated. “He deserves this a lot. I do know he was super-excited about being Ryder Cup captain and we had been excited for him to be captain. Henrik is a pal of ours and we had been all excited for him to be captain, so we had been clearly upset when he acquired stripped.’’
Garcia, who’s performed by his share of controversies over time, referred to as the golf course “our haven’’ and believes it helped Stenson refocus when all he needed to do was take into consideration enjoying.
“I’m positive he’s nonetheless unhappy about what occurred, however no less than he’s completely happy about the way in which he performed this week and the shape he confirmed,’’ Garcia stated. “I’m delighted for him.’’
Stenson referred to as the final 11 days “a little bit of a curler coaster,’’ including, “It’s been a busy 10 days and I’m extraordinarily proud that I used to be in a position to focus in addition to I did. I haven’t completed the deal in a pair years with any wins. I’ve had plenty of assist from family and friends over these final 10 days. When the going will get powerful, that’s when friendships are put to the take a look at.’’
Stenson’s pals, clearly, are actually with LIV Golf and never the DP World Tour.