Henrik Stenson is one of Europe's most decorated golfers, with an Open Championship, Players Championship, FedEx Cup title and multiple PGA and European Tour titles on his CV.
Turning professional in 1998, there has been one individual who has been beside the Swede since the very beginning and that is his wife, Emma Lofgren. Get to know her in the piece below.
Both Lofgren and Stenson grew up in Sweden. However, Stenson is from Gothenburg which is in the south side of the country, whilst Lofgren grew up in the northern part of the country.
Funnily enough, the pair met at the University of South Carolina where Lofgren was studying Public Relations and Media whilst also playing for the golf team. Stenson, on the other hand, was not a student there, but according to his website, Puggy Blackmon, the head of South Carolina's golf programme, let Stenson practice with the university team. This meant the pair spent a lot of time together.
Lofgren, after university, became a teaching pro at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club for a few years before eventually quitting. She said; “Golf is such a big part of your life, but it’s a job. Eventually you have to make life work.”
The pair eventually got married in 2006 in Dubai, which is where they lived until they moved to the United States. Together, they have three children, Lisa who was born in 2007, Karl (2010), and Alice (2014).
In their spare time they often travel back to Sweden and love to ski. Lofgren came from a sporting family and was a very strong alpine skier when she was younger.
As well as skiing, Lofgren is often spotted watching her husband at events and has been pictured at multiple Ryder Cups, Stenson's Open Championship victory and his Race to Dubai win in 2013.
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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