Stenson making first start since knee surgery


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Henrik Stenson admits it’s been a quick turnaround after having surgery on his right knee on Dec. 9, but as the Swede explains, “I had to get back at it eventually so it might as well be here.”

Stenson, who once lived in the United Arab Emirates, has had plenty of success in the area having won the Dubai Desert Classic (2007) and DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (2013 and ’14), but he’s never won the Abu Dhabi stop, which kicks off this year’s desert swing this week on the European Tour.

“The surgery went well,” Stenson said. “The knee looks fine on the inside but obviously it takes some time to recover.”

Stenson had a similar surgery on his left knee in 2011 and he said the most difficult part of the recovery process is building up his endurance to walk 72 holes.

At 39, he conceded it’s been harder to recover from this surgery, but added that he embraces a much younger mentality.

“The body certainly starts to feel it,” he said. “In my mind, I’m still probably somewhere mentally between 15 and 18, and I’ll try and stay that way for a long time.”