Open Championship

Stenson dedicates Open win to late friend

2016-07-18 06:47
Henrik Stenson (AP)

Troon - After beating Phil Mickelson in a dramatic final day at Royal Troon on Sunday, Henrik Stenson dedicated his Open Championship triumph to a friend who died last week.

During his victory speech, the Swede held up the Claret Jug and said "this one's for you" in reference to Mike Gerbich, an American friend of Stenson's who died of cancer last week at the age of 74.

"He was one of the real good guys back in Dubai," said Stenson, who lived in the Emirate before moving to the United States in 2012.

"I've known him for many, many years, and he was a very keen golfer and a great man.

"He's been battling cancer for a long time, but I had news on Tuesday that the end was near, and unfortunately he passed away on Wednesday morning over in the US.

"So he's always been there as a big supporter of mine, and in good days and bad days he's always sent me messages and been out at some events.

"This one is dedicated to him, for sure. I felt like he was there with me this week."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which of the 9 South Africans competing at this week's 145th Open Championship will fare best?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.