The Iceman never considered becoming an author but will study his own words for a boost after missing two Major cuts this year
HENRIK STENSON will read a book he has written for KIDS and use it as extra motivation for his Open defence after his missed cut nightmares.
The Iceman’s Henke Golfmus tale has already been published in his native Sweden to rave reviews.
And now Stenson, 41, says he is going to set some time aside to go over it again after failing to make the weekend in the Masters and US Open sent his season into nosedive.
Stenson, who held off American Phil Mickelson in one of golf’s great duels at Royal Troon last year, said: “I remember the book inside out – I think I don’t even need to flick it open! But maybe a combination.
“Maybe I will watch some highlights from last year’s win and then 15 minutes on the Henke Golfmus book, and we should be good by Thursday morning.”
Stenson had no intentions of becoming a writer until he was contacted by children’s author Ebba Omarsson.
Her dad watched Stenson’s heroics at Troon and suggested getting in touch with the 41-year-old to write a book.
Stenson said: “I got contacted by this girl who writes children’s books in Sweden.
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“Her dad is a very keen golfer and he’d been watching my Open win last year.
“I didn’t ask her about that part but I can imagine he said you should involve Henrik in one of the kids’ books and make it an inspirational one.
“She contacted me and my team. We weren’t late to jump onto that train and a little while later we got it done.
“It’s been great and so much fun. We had a book release party with all the kids and I got to sign it.
“I’ve read the book to my kids a couple of times so it kind of takes on a nine-hole journey and every hole you can learn something that will help you in life and on the golf course.”
Stenson hopes his own words will be ringing in his ears when he gets his defence underway at 9.47am alongside Jordan Spieth and Players champ Si Woo Kim.
And Henke – the cuddly animal the book is based on – looks set to be a good omen after being snapped alongside Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
Stenson will certainly hope so.
The Iceman has started melting this season but says handing back the Claret Jug – not before strapping it into a jetski as part of the post-Open celebrations – could actually be a blessing in disguise.
He said: “It’s always a bit bittersweet when it passes over and you have to return the Claret Jug.
“It’s become part of the family. It’s come on trips and been to a lot of events. We had a lot of fun having it in our possession but the time comes to hand it back.
“Also it will help me to turn the page and look at the future and being in the present rather than looking what happened a year ago.
“I think it can be good for me in that sense but it’s certainly not something I ever would regret, being Open champion. It was a dream come true.”
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Henrik Stenson was talking on behalf of The Open patron HSBC. HSBC are offering free golf during the week of The Open. For more information, please visit: https://www.theopen.com/HSBCHour