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Ian Poulter has come out fighting in defence of Henrik Stenson after the Swedish Golf Federation opted to sever ties with his LIV Golf colleague.

The organisation announced last week that it has ended its relationship with the former Open champion following his move to the Saudi-funded start-up.

Speaking to news agency TT, Gunnar Hakansson, the federation’s secretary general, said: “We believe that Henrik, given his involvement with LIV Golf, can no longer act as a role model for Swedish junior golfers.”

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Stenson acknowledged the decision in a post on Instagram, insisting that it would “in no way impact our drive to develop junior and paragolf in Sweden”.

However, in a social media post of own, his ‘Majesticks’ teammate Poulter was far less diplomatic.

“Beyond disappointing to hear this news,” fumed the Englishman. “I actually hope the Juniors/Disability golfers have their say. I hope you regret this SGF.

“The greatest Swedish male golfer. The Open Champ, 2 X Race to Dubai winner, FedEx Cup champ, Players Champ. Just to name a few of Henrik Stenson’s wins.”

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The news from the Swedish Golf Federation is the second major blow to hit Stenson following his decision to join the Greg Norman-fronted LIV Golf Series.

In July, he was stripped of the European Ryder Cup captaincy for next year’s match in Rome, just 127 days after he been announced as Padraig Harrington’s successor.

Stenson was subsequently replaced as captain by England’s Luke Donald.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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