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Golf: Henrik Stenson – Eyes Wide Shut

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Stan Sutherland
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“Sport psychologist Torsten Hansson sums up Stenson's subsequent Terminator Period by saying, "For a long while, Henrik couldn't hit the fairway, he couldn't hit the golf course, he couldn't hit the planet." It took almost two years working with Hansson and Cowen -- in part, by hitting long irons with his eyes closed” That’s quoting Franz Lidz in his February 2014 Golf Digest article headlined, “The Unsinkable Henrik Stenson”.

Raising of the dead

Franz Lidz covers Henrik’s loss of form and also details his loss of a fair amount of money when, “… he had learned that one of his sponsors, Stanford Financial Group, had been shut down by the feds for operating a Ponzi scheme. Stenson ultimately lost a significant chunk of his savings, perhaps as much as $7 million.”

As to Stenson’s comeback from the golf graveyard, Franz writes,  “The "raising of the dead" is what Cowen calls Reboot No. 2. Until Stenson's health improved, no substantive changes could be made in his swing. "His mind was scrambled," says Cowen. "He was trying to do all sorts of things, none of them productive." Team Stenson tried to use "quick fixes" to get him through. Remade and remodeled, Stenson began to get back into the swing of things in the summer of 2012. Cowen, thrilled, says: "You can see how much control he has 'in the ground.”

So who’s Pete Cowen?

The previously mentioned “Cowen” is none other than Pete Cowen and Derek Lawrenson headlines his article, “Pete Cowen is the Brit who coached Henrik Stenson to greatness after a journey of 15 years through poor form and financial ruin.”

Derek writes, “Forged in the dirt of despair in 2001, this partnership between player and coach has known virtually every trial and tribulation imaginable, plus plenty of good times, before reaching the ultimate of realisation at Royal Troon. So forgive the Yorkshireman who taught his sixth major champion in seven years on Sunday, and has a coaching c.v. surely unrivalled in British sport, if this one felt just that bit different.”

If you’ve never heard of Pete Cowen you’re not alone and partly due the fact he keeps a low profile compared to Hank Haney and his like. No disrespect to Hank I’m simply observing that Pete doesn’t put himself forward at the finish.

Derek writes, “With his (Pete Cowen) work on the practice ground done on Sunday, Cowen drove home and listened to the final round on Radio 5 Live, “ and not for the first time farewelling his client and heading home.
This from Brian Keogh interviewing Pete Cowen and talking about one of Pete’s other star pupils, Graeme McDowell when winning a major title
“Where were you on Sunday at Pebble Beach?
I was at home. I left on Saturday. I don’t like standing behind the green and seeing it all unfold. That’s for parents, families. It’s never been my thing, running on the green. I’m not into that. I’m satisfied with the result.”

Here’s the links to Franz Lidz and Derek Lawrenson and Brian Keogh

Quote of the Day
“Let's finish this journey we've been on together.” – Henrik Stenson to Pete Cowen as they walked off the practice ground together before the final round.


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