Henrik Stenson went into Royal Birkdale this week with a target on his back as defending champion. As it turns out, so did his rental home. The 41-year-old Swede told the media on Friday that the house he and his family are renting was burglarized on Thursday afternoon. The thieves got away with cash, credit cards, clothing, and more.
“They were clearly targeting me, because they were there when I was out playing, and they figured out that the house was empty when I was away, and they stole all my gear,” Stenson said. “Normally I don’t think burglars would take clothes. That doesn’t feel like the normal kind of thing that you would take. But all my gear is gone. If you see people Bossed up in this way, feel free to ask what they were doing between 12 and 4 yesterday.”
Fortunately, his family wasn’t home at the time. “I was happy that my family wasn’t there,” he said, “and maybe a little disappointed I wasn’t.”
However, in true Stensonator fashion, he did have a message specifically for intruders.
“Actually, they missed my carry-on,” he said, “so I still have my stuff. If they’re listening, they didn’t get the full jackpot.”
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) July 21, 2017
According to a release from the police department which is thought to have occurred sometime between midday and 2:45 p.m. Thursday:
“Cash, cards, electrical items, clothes and watches were stolen. CCTV, house-to-house and forensic enquiries are being carried out and reassurance has been given to the victim.
“Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan said: ‘We are determined to identify those responsible and as with every burglary victim, we are carrying out a thorough investigation, offering reassurance and crime prevention advice.’
“The Hugo Boss clothing taken is very personal to the victim and can be identified by a distinctive NETJETS sponsorship logo, so if anyone is offered such clothing, please contact us immediately.”
Stenson is 2-over and sits in a tie for 24th after 36 holes. He is trying to become just the first man to win consecutive Open titles since Padraig Harrington did it in 2007 & 2008.
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