Henrik Stenson’s return to the 146th British Open as defending champ took an odd turn on Thursday when he learned the rental house he’s staying in this week was burgled. Stenson had returned the claret jug he claimed at Royal Troon last year earlier in the week, but the 40-year-old said he had some “valuable personal items” taken, including his clothes.
Here’s Stenson’s statement:
“When I finished my round today (Thursday) I was informed that the house where I am staying had been burgled. It is obviously very special for me to be playing here in front of the fantastic Birkdale crowds as the defending Open Champion so I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way.
“I am extremely grateful that my family were not in the house at the time.
“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.”
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.”
News of the incident was released at around the same time Stenson, who shot an opening 69, teed off on Friday at Royal Birkdale.