ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Last September during the final round of the European Masters in Switzerland Henrik Stenson sent a drive sailing into the gallery. After punching out he and long-time caddie Fanny Sunesson were walking back to the fairway when the looping legend tripped over a gallery rope, tumbled to the ground and tweaked her back.
As the months passed Sunesson’s back did not improve and she decided earlier this summer that her caddying career, at least on a full-time basis, was over.
“It’s my fault for hitting a bad drive,” smiled Stenson, who said he spoke with Sunesson on Monday.
Sunesson told the Swedish web site Golf.se, “It feels a little sad and ignominious ending up like this.”
Her career may not have ended the way she would have liked but Sunesson’s is Hall of Fame stuff, including four major championship victories with Nick Faldo and the 2009 Players Championship and 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play with Stenson.
Stenson said he hoped that Sunesson, who has been developing a second career as a golf coach in recent years, could caddie for him half the year but her back wouldn’t allow it. The two are still holding out hope for one final loop, however.
“It would be nice to have a proper farewell,” he said on Friday at The McGladrey Classic. “In 2006 she was in semi-retirement then and after five years with me it was enough.”