Stenson's back 'locks up,' impacts shots down the stretch


RIO DE JANEIRO – Henrik Stenson began this year on the disabled list following off-season surgery and withdrew from the U.S. Open with neck and knee issues, so when his physical trainer arrived on the 13th tee on Sunday at the Olympic Golf Course it was a cause for concern.

Stenson, who was tied with Justin Rose for the lead of the Olympic men’s golf competition at the time, said his back “locked up” on him when he hit his tee shot at the 13th hole.

His trainer, Cornel Driessen, was called to the tee to help loosen Stenson’s back and the Swede underwent about five minutes of therapy before continuing his round.

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“It wasn't the best timing to have that happen, but I had my physio come out and he could loosen it up a little bit,” said Stenson, who finished second, two strokes behind Rose, to claim the silver medal. “I think it just potentially put me out of rhythm a little bit.”

Stenson said his ailing back impacted his approach shot at No. 13, his tee shot at No. 14 and his approach at the 15th hole, but he was able to birdie the 16th hole to tie Rose at 15 under.

“You can't say it's purely down to that, but I don't think it was a helping thing, if I put it that way,” said Stenson, who three-putted the last hole.