The Swedish golfer went on Instagram to reveal the news and to also regret the “Superman” comment he made at the conclusion to last week’s Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.
Stenson last Sunday suggested his rib injury some 11 days earlier resulted from an event ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions event when he, world number one Dustin Johnson and leading China golfer Haotong Li were suspended in the air.
Stenson went onto to finish joint runner-up in Shanghai but the injury clearly affected his showing in Turkey and he finished well down the field after undergoing daily treatment on the injury.
After the event, he said: “I am not Superman given certain people thought I was Superman.”
He left Turkey indicating he was returning home for an MRI on the injury but would more than likely miss both this week’s Nedbank Challenge and also the final event in Dubai.
“I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, as I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour,” said Stenson.
“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.”
He added: “The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100 percent.”
Sweden’s top-ranked Henrik Stenson will miss the remainder of the European Tour season with a freak “Superman” injury.
Stenson suffered a bruised rib in a promotion on the eve of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last month before bravely finishing joint runner-up behind England’s Justin Rose.
The Swede, however, aggravated the injury during this week’s Turkish Airlines Open won again by Rose and this was reflected in shooting a disappointing four-under par tally on the Regnun Carya course in Antalya.
The problem has ruled Stenson out of the season closing Nedbank Challenge in South Africa and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Last month in Shanghai, Stenson had joined World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and China No. 1 Li Haotung in a promotion event, ‘hovering’ above Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama who was guarding the trophy he won a year ago.
“I am not Superman given certain people thought I was Superman so if you saw the promotion in Shanghai you know what I mean,” Stenson said.
“I have been feeling it when I swing so it has been rough this week and while I was not 100% last week, I guess the travel and the way things progressed it started getting worse rather than better.”
He is hoping now to return at the Hero World Challenge at the end of the month.
Only the best will do for the world’s top golfers – and you could say Mark Tupling has the hardest job on Earth.
Tupling is agronomy manager on Jumeirah Golf Estates and is tasked with ensuring that some 160 hectares of golfing goodness is fit for purpose all year round despite those unforgiving summer months.
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Q) With the DP World Tour Championship soon upon us, how far out do you start preparing for the tournament?
Mark Tupling: We start planning for next year the week of the previous event – so now we’re looking at 2018. All we can do now is get the green surfaces tournament-ready, but all the other work is just fine-tuning.
So now we’re looking at how we can make 2018’s tournament better.
That sounds intense. What are the key stages?
Firstly there’s a planning stage, where we review the tournament we’ve just done, then we can get into the spring time and I’m a facilitator for the department to make sure all the communication is being sent to the members about what we’ve got to do for the summer. We put all the right fertility products, plant protection, pesticides in place so when we do carry out our main work it’s smooth running.
How much water and manpower does it take?
We use about 10,000 cubic metres per 24 hours for the two golf courses. That irrigates not just the grass but the landscape, trees and shrubs like that. We have on the golf course 160 hectares of irrigated land. Top to bottom we have 73 staff to manage all that. Our busiest period for work is the summer when it’s the hottest and we have less working hours with the water restrictions that we have.
Just how hard is it to manage a golf course in the UAE?
The design dictates how intensive it is, not just the region. The other courses in the region are all intensively managed but especially Earth, we have 99 bunkers that are very steep-faced. To hand rake those bunkers we need eight to ten people on a daily basis, and then we’ve got all of the landscaped areas. So it’s a really intensive golf course that demands high maintenance.
What are the biggest problems that crop up?
Anything to do with irrigation! This year there have been city-wide restrictions in Dubai during July and August simply to do with residency levels. We’re using treated sewage effluent as our irrigation water and if there aren’t enough people living here to produce foul water, there isn’t enough irrigation water to going forward. That’s one issue we had this summer. Other than that if you have a pump station breakdown and don’t get water, you’re really on borrowed time.
What’s it like when it’s all over for another year?
It’s the week after that the staff goes into shock really – you’ve got the adrenaline of the tournament with the TV cameras on your course, and then you’re in on Monday morning again. You get the tournament blues for a bit!
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