Planet Golf — 25 August 2016 by GW staff and news services
Golf Bag: Knee injury KO’s Stenson

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Henrik Stenson was forced to withdraw from The Barclays on Thursday due to a knee injury.

“My right knee, which required surgery in December, has flared up again,” he said in a statement. “Regrettably, I need to withdraw this week to allow time for an MRI and see what the next step is.”

Stenson’s withdrawal came after an opening-round 3-over 74 in the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

Earlier this summer, he also cited a knee injury when withdrawing from the U.S. Open. One week later, he won the BMW International Open, then claimed the Open Championship a few weeks after that.

Stenson won the 2013 FedEx Cup title, taking both the Tour Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship that year.

Brett Stegmaier has withdrawn from The Barclays with a wrist injury, ending his season.

In his first full season on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old Stegmaier had three top-10s, including a runner-up finish in Las Vegas in October. He was at No. 101 in the FedEx Cup standings. The withdrawal means he will not be among the top 100 who advance to the next playoff event.

Stegmaier was coming off a tie for fifth last week in the Wyndham Championship. He played nine holes Thursday at Bethpage Black before pulling out.

Lewis flirts with first European 59

FARSO, Denmark — Tom Lewis flirted with the first 59 in European Tour history Thursday until three late bogeys made him settle for a 9-under 62 and a three-way tie at the Made In Denmark tournament.

Lewis rammed in a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fourth hole to reach 12 under par through 13 holes at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. He needed to play only even par over the last five holes for a 59.

But he made bogey on the next hole, then closed with two more bogeys to share the lead with Thomas Pieters and Joakim Lagergren.

The Englishman still had a chance at 59 until a wild tee shot on the par-4 eighth. He could only hack out into a bunker, and he blasted out to 6 feet. His par putt was weak and missed on the low side, and he walked off the 18th green shaking his head after another bogey.

He still equaled the course record of 62.

Jim Furyk set the PGA Tour record two weeks ago with a 58 at the Travelers Championship. Ryo Ishikawa shot 58 on the Japan Golf Tour in 2010. No one has broken 60 on the European Tour, with 17 players having posted a 60, most recently Scott Jamieson at the Portugal Masters in 2013. Pieters, meanwhile, extended his good form with a potential Ryder Cup pick on the horizon. Pieters tied for fourth in the Olympics and was runner-up last week in the Czech Masters. Europe’s nine automatic qualifiers already are set for the Ryder Cup, and Darren Clarke will have three captain’s picks.

Boeing sticks with Heritage through ’21


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The Boeing Co. is sticking around as presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island through 2021.

The airline manufacturer and PGA Tour announced the extension Thursday.

Boeing has been the presenting sponsor since 2011. Earlier this year, the Heritage Classic Foundation announced that RBC signed to back the event through 2023.

Boeing has made headlines at Harbour Town Golf Links with several airline flyovers of the course during tournament week. Boeing has a manufacturing plant in North Charleston, about two hours north of Harbour Town Golf Links.

The RBC Heritage will take place from April 13-16, 2017.



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