Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Stenson awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour

#Henrik Stenson


Stenson awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour
 

Henrik Stenson today became the latest player to join the exclusive group of Honorary Life Members of the European Tour.
Stenson is the 51st player – and the first from Sweden – to receive the accolade, in recognition of his maiden Major Championship win at the The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
The current Race to Dubai leader was presented with the award by Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where he is in pole position to end the season as the European Tour’s Number One.
The first Honorary Life Member of the European Tour was its Founding Father, John Jacobs OBE, the Tour’s first Executive Director. He was later joined by golf luminaries such as Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Danny Willett became the 50th member of the club earlier this year in recognition of his triumph at the Masters Tournament and Stenson now follows him after becoming the second European Tour member to win a Major Championship in 2016.
Stenson, who broke a plethora of long-standing records during his three-shot win in Troon, went toe-to-toe with five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson in a thrilling final day duel. The Swede carded a 63 to equal the lowest round in Major history, while his 264 aggregate score was also the lowest in a Major Championship.
Stenson has enjoyed a stellar year, winning the BMW International Open in June and following up his triumph at The Open with a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. A tied second-place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last month was enough to propel him to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings heading into the final week.
“It is a great honour to join the exclusive club of people who have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour,” he said. “That's definitely a special thing and something I will dearly cherish.”
Keith Pelley said: “It is a true privilege to present Henrik with his Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour. Obviously the epic battle and his legendary win in The Open Championship at Troon versus Phil Mickelson is the catalyst for this.
“But Henrik is a special member of our Tour both on and off the golf course. What he gives to our Tour is incredible, his contribution to the Tournament Committee, and how he interacts with all the players. I call him often to get advice, but today it's about celebrating his greatness on the golf course, and there was no greater afternoon than watching that Sunday at Troon.”
Honorary Life Members of The European Tour
1978      John Jacobs OBE
1978      Bernard Hunt MBE
1978      Dai Rees CBE
1982      Peter Butler
1983      Seve Ballesteros
1983      Tony Jacklin CBE
1985      Sir Henry Cotton MBE
1985      Fred Daly MBE
1985      Max Faulkner OBE
1985      Bernhard Langer
1985      Sandy Lyle MBE
1987      Sir Nick Faldo MBE
1992      Ian Woosnam OBE
1994      José María Olazábal
1995      Bob Charles
1995      Arnold Palmer
1995      Gary Player
1997      Colin Montgomerie OBE
1998      Ernie Els
1999      Paul Lawrie OBE
1999      Greg Norman
2001      Vijay Singh
2002      Retief Goosen
2003      Peter Alliss
2003      Bernard Gallacher OBE
2004      Neil Coles MBE
2004      Christy O’Connor
2004      John Panton
2005      Michael Campbell
2007      Angel Cabrera
2007      Padraig Harrington
2008      Trevor Immelman
2010      Martin Kaymer
2010      Graeme McDowell MBE
2010      Louis Oosthuizen
2010      Tom Watson
2011      Darren Clarke OBE
2011      Rory McIlroy MBE
2011      Charl Schwartzel
2011      Lee Westwood OBE
2012      Luke Donald MBE
2012      Brian Huggett MBE
2012      Tommy Horton MBE
2012      Mark James
2012      Roger Chapman
2013      Dave Thomas
2013     Justin Rose
2014      Jack Nicklaus
2016      Peter Oosterhuis
2016      Danny Willett
2016      Henrik Stenson



THE EUROPEAN TOUR - CELEBRATING GOLF. WORLDWIDE.
About The European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 25 Members celebrate a total of 51 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.

GOLF-146TH- OPEN ON OFFER AT THE EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN


#GOLF 146 THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN



THREE PLACES IN THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN
16 November 2016, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Three players who finish in the top ten and ties at the Emirates Australian Open who are not already exempt will earn places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale, 16-23 July 2017.
The 2016 Emirates Australian Open is the first event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played from 17-20 November at Royal Sydney Golf Club.
Players in the field at the Emirates Australian Open who are already exempt for The Open at Royal Birkdale:
Curtis Luck (A)Jordan Spieth
Adam ScottJhonattan Vegas
In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 14 November will be awarded a place in The 146th Open.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series (TOQS) will offer the following qualification places in The 146th Open:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
17-20 November 2016
Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open
19-22 January 2017
Sentosa Golf Club
2Two places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
23-26 February 2017
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
TOQS-VietnamHo Tram Players Championship
13-16 April 2017
The Bluffs
2Two places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open
25-28 May 2017
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National
29 June - 2 July 2017
TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017
Gailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess’)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceOpen de France
Date TBC
Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open
6-9 July 2017
Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
6-9 July 2017
The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
13-16 July 2017
Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic
13-16 July 2017
TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties

NB: Any player who has qualified through The Open Qualifying Series is deemed an exempt player. In the event that that player subsequently fulfils other exemption categories those places in the starting field will be subject to Section F of The Open Entry Form.
The Open
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.