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Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m maiden win at LIV Golf

Join LIV Golf may have cost Henrik Stenson the Ryder Cup captaincy, but it paid off immediately as the former Open champion picked up a bumper salary on his debut in the Saudi-backed breakaway.

Stenson had a final round of 69 to Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey to take the win by two strokes over Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff and pocket the top individual prize of US$4m (£3.28m).

The 46-year-old also earned US$375,000 (£308,000) as part of the Majesticks side – with Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sam Horsfield – finishing second in the team competition.

“I guess we can agree that I played like a captain,” Stenson joked in a post-tour interview on LIV Golf’s YouTube stream.

“It was obviously a good first week. Nice to be here with the guys who have an idea. These 10 days have been busy and I am extremely proud to have managed to finish as well as I did.

“I got a little wobbly at the end, but that putt (par) on 17 was huge.”

Stenson was named Ryder Cup captain on March 15 but the Swede’s tenure only lasted 127 days before his decision to join LIV Golf meant he was removed from the role with immediate effect.

The 2016 Open champion had hoped to be able to continue in the position while playing in LIV events, but a meeting with the Ryder Cup Europe officials made it clear that this was not acceptable.

“Yeah, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, no doubt,” Stenson said Sunday night.

“I think there may have been a bit more motivation this week. When we as players have that, I think we can bring out the good stuff. Yeah, I definitely did. this week.

“I guess that’s been a bit of a theme over my career, I think, when I really want something, I manage to dig a little deeper, and a lot of times we manage to get there.”

Luke Donald is expected to be confirmed as Stenson’s successor shortly and said earlier this week: “I’ve definitely had some of my best times on the golf course at the Ryder Cups.

“What an incredible honor to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup, and I would love to be captain. That would be a huge honor too.

“If I got that captaincy, I would keep my word and I would keep my word. Let me put it this way. I wouldn’t do a Henrik.

Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m maiden win at LIV Golf

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