After his historically great major performance in winning the 2016 Open Championship, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson mentioned that he had won a bet with his caddy, Gareth Lord.
Stenson bet Lord that if he won a major tournament, that Lord would have to give up smoking. While the bet could pay off tremendously in Lord’s life, he reported this week that he has been having trouble quitting, a struggle that millions can sympathize with.
- Deadbeat Gambler: 2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson bet his caddy that if he won a major, the caddy would have to give up smoking. Stenson made good on his end, and now Gareth Lord is trying to make good on his.
- Inside Joke: According to Stenson, Lord joked early on that he wishes Phil Mickelson had won the major instead, since giving up smoking has been so difficult.
- Last Puff: On the seventh hole of last year’s Open Championship, Stenson reportedly told Lord that he should “enjoy his cigarette”, because it will be among his last.
- Bouncing Back: Stenson is currently #6 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He has rebounded from a stretch of four missed cuts earlier this year with a T16 at THE PLAYERS Championship and a T3 at the BMW PGA Championship.
— The Open (@TheOpen) June 13, 2017
“Obviously he never thought I was going to win a major.”