Stenson on knee injury: Ready to play five matches


CHASKA, Minn. – After three weeks off to rest his ailing knee, Henrik Stenson said Wednesday that he’s prepared to play all five matches at the Ryder Cup.

“Nothing is for certain at any point,” he said, “but as of now, I feel like I’m up for a lot of golf, and unless my knee tells me otherwise, that’s the way I approach it.” 

Said captain Darren Clarke: “Henrik has assured me that if I would ask him to play five times, he is fit enough to play five times.” 

Stenson withdrew from The Barclays last month because of pain in his right knee. He later revealed that he had a small cartilage tear. He had surgery on that knee last December. 

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“To this point it doesn’t hurt me when I’m playing golf,” he said. “It’s been more walking that’s been a bit more of an issue, but that feels good at the moment. It’s not something that I really think about.” 

In many respects, it’s been a breakthrough year for the 40-year-old Stenson. He outdueled Phil Mickelson to win his first major at The Open, was in contention late at the PGA and won a silver medal at the Olympics. After withdrawing from the Barclays and tying for 41st at the Deutsche Bank, Stenson decided not to play the BMW, knowing that it could jeopardize his spot in the Tour Championship. He wound up outside the top 30 and did not qualify, meaning he’s had three consecutive weeks off heading into the Ryder Cup. 

“That was just something I needed to do,” he said. “I was pretty drained. It’s been a fantastic summer, so I needed a bit of a breather.”