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Henrik Stenson talks food, Dubai and fashion

Words by Rob Chilton

Swedish golf star and Ryder Cup winner Henrik Stenson spoke to EDGAR on the eve of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Known for being one of the best-dressed players on tour, EDGAR spoke to the former Dubai resident and current Audemars Piguet ambassador at Carine restaurant in Emirates Golf Club ahead of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he modelled the latest Hugo Boss golf clothing. We began by asking him about his troublesome injury.

How’s the elbow, Henrik?
It’s better, thanks. I wouldn’t say it’s 100 per cent but I’m hopefully moving in that direction. I can do more things in the gym now and it doesn’t bother me when I’m playing golf. But I bumped it against a wall a couple of weeks ago and felt it flare up, so it’s sensitive.

Does an injury like that damage your confidence?
Not really. I think if you have an injury that you feel is going to grab you when you make a shot that’s worse and could start playing on your mind, but I haven’t had any of that. It’s been a negative because I haven’t been able to work out or practice the way I wanted and I missed a few tournaments in the autumn, but I’m not going to sit here and complain because there are people with bigger problems than me.

The well-dressed Stenson

What are your chances at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this weekend?
I had great success here in the past, winning the tournament in 2007. I don’t think there’s a tournament course anywhere in the world I know better than this one, so it should be an advantage for me.

And how do you feel about the new season?
I’m excited. For me, 2018 was an ok year, but not my best. Hopefully, I can play good golf this year. The competition is tough and it gets tougher every year so I have to put the hours in.

Stenson wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2007

Does wearing the right kit help you play better?
You can’t say you’re going to play two shots better because you look good, but you’re definitely going to play worse if you don’t feel comfortable. The functionality of the clothing I wear is important. I’ve been with Hugo Boss since 2004 and it’s been a great partnership. I’d say my wardrobe is probably 93 per cent Hugo Boss – I’ve no idea what the other seven per cent is!

Does it feel good to be back on Dubai soil?
It’s always great to be back, I feel at home here. I lived in Dubai for 10 years and got married here in 2006 so I feel very familiar with things on and off the golf course. I live in Florida now and I come back to Dubai twice a year for the Race to Dubai final and the Omega Desert Classic. Dubai changes all the time – I take a wrong turning in the car and find myself somewhere new.

Stenson feels at home in Dubai

What do you like about the city?
It’s a vibrant city with lots to offer, particularly in terms of food.

Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Well, there’s a tendency for me and the other players on tour to end up in Nobu. A lot of players really enjoy Dubai at this time of year: good hotels, good food, great golf courses, nice weather – shall I carry on?! It’s a great place to start the season. For me, the weather and food makes this a very nice week indeed.

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