Stenson was the first Swedish male to win the award. Annika Sorenstam won the award twice.
“I’m looking forward to getting a few of these trophies I’ve won into the summer house in Sweden,” said Stenson, who primarily lives at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. “It has been such a great year that I can have a few in Europe and a few in my house in America. What a great thrill it is going to be over Christmas to sit by the fire with my family and take stock of the season, look at trophies such as this one and reflect on the year of my life.”
IN THE BAG: Jack Nicklaus won’t have a bouquet of head covers in his bag when he plays the PNC Father-Son Challenge this weekend, though the 14 clubs in his bag have changed from his prime.
Nicklaus said when he played on the PGA Tour he carried a driver and a 3-wood, a 1-iron through a 9-iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter.
“Now I’ve got a driver, a 3-wood, a 4-wood and a 5-wood,” he said last week in a conference call. “I’m not a big hybrid guy, although I’m playing with one right now and I took out the 2-iron. That’s pretty much where I am. I’m usually a 3-iron through 9-iron, pitching wedge and sand wedge. I don’t know if that’s 14 or 15 (clubs), but it’ll be 14 when I tee it up.”
No other player hit more memorable shots with a 1-iron than Nicklaus, a club that featured in three of his majors _ the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the 1975 Masters and the 1967 U.S. Open at Baltusrol.
But there were times when he benched the 1-iron.
“I used to even go to Augusta when I carried a 1-iron a lot, and sometimes I’d put in maybe a 4- or 5-wood, simply because you needed some elevation to stop it on the greens and some of the lies you played,” Nicklaus said.
THE HANEY SHOW: Hank Haney has gone from writing a book on his years with Tiger Woods to hosting his own radio show on SiriusXM.
The radio network continues to beef up its programming. It already has shows for Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, along with two-time Masters champion, architect and golf savant Ben Crenshaw. Haney will host “Hank Haney Golf Radio,” an instructional-based show that will air Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. ET starting on Jan. 3.
The program will be geared around Haney’s teaching philosophy, and he will take calls from listeners who want help with their games. Haney also will offer his analysis on today’s players and take on current topics, which are sure to include Woods.
“This show will be truly interactive and I’m eager to speak with golfers across the country,” Haney said.