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Wednesday
Sep182013

Conway Farms Fun: Stenson Trashes Locker, Driver

Henrik Stenson's driver smash was pretty nice Monday at Conway Farms, but as Josh Sens reports, he also did a nice job impersonating a rock star by trashing his locker. Or as Sens put it, "reverse carpentry."

But he's paying for the repair, so there's that.

And Stenson’s agent, R.J. Nemer, confirmed by email that Stenson was responsible for the reverse-carpentry.

Nemer said the incident was the result of a “frustration that manifested itself,” adding that Stenson had paid for the damage and had “apologized to the appropriate parties.”

The video from Monday's driver escapade:

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Punk ass behavior needs to be fined heavily.

Stenson has a history of this on the Euro tour and hasn't learned.
09.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
All shelves intact and in place, none are "disjointed". Those mangled pieces of wood inside the locker are parts of the shattered door which was clearly kicked in.

Catchy "Hurt Locker" title by golf dot com but the analysis is woefully lacking...
09.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
And here we're all complaining about what a disgusting human being Tiger Woods is because he didn't see his ball moving a nudge while Henrik Stenson trashes his driver and the locker room because he played a bad round (!) Wonder if this will garner the same outrage. Yeah, thought so...
09.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Missed branding opportunity on the safe Finchie - Conway must have a heck of a membership/staff
09.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Ryan, the difference is Stenson owned up and put his mistake right, Woods, having seen the video, did not.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Sorry that I find a violent outburst harder to tolerate than a rules mishap. Owning up to something doesn't make everything right
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Ryan,

You're going to need some orthodontic remediation if you don't come up for air on Tiger.

I doubt anyone in Chicago will get disjointed about this. Not too many extended pinkies and cucumber sandwiches out there.
An over- paid, immature, self-centered professional athlete loses control. What else is new? Say, "I'm sorry", and they think all is right with the world and all is forgiven. If this had been TW it would have been all over the news. If he were a member of the club he would have probably been expelled. Instead, he goes to East Lake and is welcomed like a celebrity golfer as he expects to be. Great image he projects for the rest of the Tour. A suspension should ensue.
Ryan, didn't Tiger kick a door/wall after his 2 stroke penalty was given ? He was hot just like Stenson was
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
All top pros are pampered beyond we mortals can comprehend. Nothing surprises me these days
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
I agree Pro. Why is he still playing at East Lake? If he really did do this and it hasn't been doctored then his behavior deserves much more than a fine. TF can't be happy with this type of publicity but needs to act. I wonder what he did to the courtesy car?
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Henrik, many years ago a guy by the name of Walter Hagen championed a movement for guys like you to be able to utilize the club facilities at these events. Touring professionals were looked down upon, but he helped change that perception.

It would do you some good to read up on that. These club members sacrificed a great deal so you and your friends could come there and compete on their course, and this is how you repay them?

This definitely needs to be dealt with.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
Easingwold, I'm not condoning anything Tiger Woods did. I just point out the hypocrisy on these boards when Tiger Woods did something. Henrik Stenson is a Top 10 player and most don't seem to be bothered a bit by this behaviour.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
I hear you Ryan, there is some of that.

No one likes this kind of behaviour , bit I'd also point out much of Tigers grief was about breaking rules, not clubs and lockers
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
If you click through the link, it has a picture of the whole room, and Stenson's locker is in a row of "small" lockers, which is kind of funny given that some of the comments are hypothesizing that he was mad about that.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Immediately thought of the Fed Ex commercial 'But we love golf"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmguXOPc9VI
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazzman
Smashing your own club in rage is not the best image, but really, who cares. But breaking private property at a place where you're a guest? This is unbelievable. He's so emotionally unstable that he can't calm down between leaving the last green and getting to the locker? I will revel in his every failure from now on.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexicographer
Guy was fired up and mad at himself. made a mistake. He'll write a big check to the club and he'll get fined. His reputation deservedly suffers.

System is working. so what. Its not like hes the 115th player to get nailed for DUI, or the third to go on trial for shooting someone, etc. etc.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmails
Dear Ryan:

Because one person acts like a rotten spoiled child and a complete a-hole, that in no way diminishes how much of a cheating jerk a-hole another person is.

Tiger is not a likable person. He is solely responsible for creating the situation where so many people dislike him. He, over the span of his career thus far has basically instructed the world on how he would like to be treated. When you tell everyone to f-off, over and over for so long, eventually it comes back around to you. Tiger gets what he asks for - it is all his fault. Deal with it.

But hey, he's got lots of money.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
hey Ryan. that smell is your head up tiger's behind.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commentermorphy
Once again, I'm not defending Woods. Bash him as much as you want. He deserves it. But please bash guys like Stenson for their behaviour as well
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
@Lexi, maybe he'll get the driver yips again, we can only wish. Totally agree.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@Easingwold,

Can you prove that Stenson owned up and made it right? What a blowhard you are.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPNC
@ Ryan,

You miss the point. It's not hard to understand: people who are jerks and ask for it, will get bashed more for the same actions as people who are not. That is the way it is, sorry.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Ryan,
Stenson kicks in a locker and photos/articles abound. Woods throws some sort of a fit when assessed a penalty and photos weren't published about the damage.
Sounds like a fair deal? I'm no Stenson apologist, but let's compare apples to apples.
LadyH
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyH
LadyH, you really think in today's world photos wouldn't be published if there was a damage? The description is they heard a bang before he left the trailer as if someone hit a wall.

Stop the speculation, stay with the facts. Fact is Woods broke the rules knowingly and got what he deserved which is the final nail in the coffin of his reputation. Fact also is Stenson kicked a locker in and no one seems to bother. Sounds like a fair deal?
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Yes, I believe that in a controlled environment photos would be suppressed.
Fact: Stenson admitted to damage, reuimbursed for said damage and moved on.
Fact: Tiger continues to disagree with ruling and as a result is under scrutiny/speculation by many.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyH
"You miss the point. It's not hard to understand: people who are jerks and ask for it, will get bashed more for the same actions as people who are not. That is the way it is, sorry"

So press agent, are you saying that Stenson is not a jerk? Maybe we don't know the real guy. Looks like he showed his ass.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
On this blog The Moron Factor continues to grow exponentially.....unfortunately.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Holy Schnikes...never knew Henrick had it in him. @DTF It looks like he ripped the locker door off versus kicking it in to me...see the top right hand corner.

Not very professional in doing the damage, at least he fessed up like a man and admitted he made a boo-boo.


Also, and this is speculation, but Henrick basically got taken to the cleaners financially when Dubai went bust...now he's got some mojo and positive cash flow past 2 seasons...I can totally understand why he blew up a few times. I would be angry at myself too if I burned up 6 figures on national TV.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Stenson lost his money in the Stanford Financial pyramid scheme.

Definitely a kick, door caved inward. ~15-20% of door remains in place and still on the hinges on right side.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Sorry, I'm not all that "bovvered" about equipment abuse, whether by Tiger or Henrik. Can't believe that none of you haven't slammed a club in temper, or at least wanted to, but if you say not.... and right away that makes one a jerk?
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendyuk
Wendyuk, club breaking: ok. tearing apart a locker: not ok.... I think you might have missed the top photo.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
This is simple. Comparisons offer a false distinction. One is an issue of competitive integrity, the other comportment. Condemn Stenson if you must, but don't correlate with Kitty's gotcha.
@ ol Harv,

from this same thread, but an earlier post of mine:

"Tiger is not a likable person. He is solely responsible for creating the situation where so many people dislike him. He, over the span of his career thus far has basically instructed the world on how he would like to be treated. When you tell everyone to f-off, over and over for so long, eventually it comes back around to you. Tiger gets what he asks for - it is all his fault."

Therefore if Tiger does the same despicable thing as Stenson, I'm going to give Stenson more leeway.
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
"I live in hotels, tear out the walls. I have accountants pay for it all...My Maserati does 185, I lost my license, now I don't drive..."

Anyway, "Life's Been Good" to Henrik lately but maybe he needs to bring Fannie back out of retirement?

For the youngsters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXWvKDSwvls
09.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Ky -

When I saw this Stenson video I immediately had a musical reference as well, but it was Paul Simonon of The Clash smashing his bass on the cover of "London Calling".
09.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Should be suspended. PGA has no balls.
09.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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