Henrik Stenson’s rental house was robbed while he was playing at The Open

As a defending champ of The Open you’ve got to be feeling pretty good after shooting a one-under 69, only four shots off the lead.

Then you come back to your rental house and realize you have been robbed. Yes Henrik Stenson’s great day-one took a real sharp turn.

Clearly this is not ideal, but at the same time this could have been a much worse situation. Stenson and his family were lucky that no one was injured in the ransacking of this rental home.

“As many of you know the Claret Jug was returned to The R&A on Monday but unfortunately, along with some valuable personal items, they have taken all of my clothing for the week.”

The 40-year-old should have zero problem finding new clothes to wear for the week and personal belongings can (almost always) be replaced. Plus, he’s played in his skivvies before, so at least we know he’s comfortable sans-clothing.

A spokesperson for the R&A added: “We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family.”

What will be interesting is to see how this will actually effect his mindset on the course. He can tell the media all he wants that this shouldn’t ruin his week, but you have to imagine that the idea of someone robbing your house is in the back of his mind.

As any golfer knows, this game is almost 90 percent mental. Place yourself in his shoes, can you imagine playing in a major championship with the thought creeping in the back of your mind that someone is out there trying to rob your house, or worse could hurt your loved ones in a the process.

Actually, try playing a causal 18 holes with that in the back of your mind. In either case you will likely not shoot well. Stenson was one of the favorites heading into the week and it would be a shame to see him go into a downward spiral because of such an obscure incident off the course.

This wouldn’t be the first time this sort of thing has happened. Remember Dustin Johnson fell down the steps of his rental house in Augusta and missed the Masters because of it. And you better believe he would have been in the mix on Sunday chasing the green jacket.

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