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Tuesday
Nov072017

Henrik: Stop Blaming HSBC For My Mangled Ribs!

Everyone in the pro games loves the money HSBC pours into golf and appreciates their efforts to convene industry folks to discuss business of the sport issues.

Which may explain why Henrik Stenson is trying to absolve them of blame for his rib injury sustained at the WGC HSBC Champions. After blaming the stunt for causing sore ribs and his need to take a break, Stenson took to Instagram asking for forgiveness of the global bank.

My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%.

He's not happy seeing them made responsible, but Stenson also does not cite any other way he might have gotten hurt. Oh to have seen the communications that led to this plea! 

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

A post shared by Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) on Nov 7, 2017 at 11:05am PST

Behind the scenes @hsbc_sport #HSBCChampions

A post shared by Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) on Oct 24, 2017 at 9:09am PDT

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Reader Comments (6)

First, Lexi gets hurt boxing during a Golf Digest photo shoot. Now Stenson gets hurt doing a stunt to promote a tournament. Maybe the golfers should just stick to playing golf!
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEcannondale
Who was Lexi boxing with, a rules official?
Faldo addressed this extra physical stuff in the booth a few tears back. He said during his playing days he had to refrain from certain hobbies because he was aware of the possible damage to his golf game. I am sure other professions are similar to the extent they don't take some risks others think are ok. Golfers must hit every shot for themselves so the risks are real. Hopefully Stenson will recover soon.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
I don't speak Swedish, but I will attempt to translate:

"Please, do not blame HSBC. When you see the courses around the world where billboards outnumber gallery, HSBC overpays us to play in these Godforesaken parts of the world.

In short, when the HSBC organ grinder starts up, this monkey is dancing!"

Gary Player saying he did not sell out to protect his game is pretty rich. Good to get a lecture from GP on the Golf Channel. Awesome fresh programming. Next thing, you will say Arnold Palmer loved everyone or maybe you might not know Sam Saunders is the GRANDSON of Arnie!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
"I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions".

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

The times we live in, sheesh.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
HSBC aren't stupid, they would have plenty of in house and external lawyers on board protecting them against litigation. Guess these fellas have done a good job on the Stenson contract and can look forward to a nice year end bonus ...
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

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