November 16, 2016 / 12:27 PM / 2 years ago

European Tour grants Stenson life membership

LONDON (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson has been made an honorary life member of the European Tour in recognition of winning the British Open at Troon earlier this year.

Golf - WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Tournament - Shanghai, China- 30/10/16 Henrik Stenson of Sweden in action. REUTERS/Aly Song - RTX2R0T0

The Swede, who is the Race to Dubai leader, also won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

“It is a great honor 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.”

If Stenson wins this week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai he will end the season as European No. 1 for the second time.

“It would be one of my finest achievements,” said Stenson.

“It was pretty sweet to be here as Europe’s No. 1 in 2013 and I don’t think it would be any less sweet being here as Europe’s No. 1 in 2016 with the season that I’ve had and winning the Open and some other fine performances throughout the year.”

Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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