It’s hard to tell by this photo, but Henrik Stenson and his family have been on both sides of the success story. Rags to riches to rags to riches. They have been from the penthouse to the outhouse enough times that I’m sure they are enjoying the current hand that fate has delt them. If he can hang on at the Tour Championship, Stenson stands a chance to cure his financial woes with the $11.4 Million Dollar payday that comes with winning at East Lake and winning the FedEx Cup.
You see, Stenson once heavily invested in Stanford Financial, a banking group which in early 2009 was found guilty of $8 billion in fraud. Its former chairman, Allen Stanford, is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence while other top executives from the company have endured similar punishments.
As for those bilked out of their assets, it quickly became a no-win situation.
The world’s second largest sportswear group, whose clothing and equipment is used by golf stars including Justin Rose and Sergio García, has mostly exceeded sales and profit goals in recent years.
But it warned that the travails of the Russian rouble, Brazilian real, Japanese yen, Turkish lira and Argentinian peso against the euro would hit profits.
Jason Dufner walked off East Lake Golf Club’s ninth green on Thursday after making an eight-foot birdie putt with his shoulders slouched, his cap pulled over his eyes, his gaze directed downward. Dufner, the reigning P.G.A. champion, is known for his impassivity, but his posture straightened and his lips nearly curved into a smile when a fan in the crowd shouted, “War Eagle!”
The stereotypical image of pro athletes’ wives isn’t entirely misplaced on the PGA Tour. If you need help spotting Tour wives as they follow their husbands during tournament rounds, look for two or three women walking together, often in their 20s or 30s with giant sparkling rocks on their left ring fingers. They are, as a rule, uncommonly pretty, but mostly under the radar. The public sees a wife mainly when hubby wins an event and she herds the children, inevitably adorable, onto the 18th green to give him a hug. That doesn’t happen after Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter or Kobe Bryant hits one at the buzzer. Golf is a different universe.
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