FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Henrik Stenson's magical summer came to a screeching halt on Thursday with a three-over 74 at Bethpage Black to open the Barclays. And then it got worse. The Swede withdrew from the tournament after his round, citing a right knee injury.
After claiming his first major title at the British Open in July, Stenson contended at the PGA Championship and most recently, won the silver medal at the Olympics. As a result, the 2013 FedEx Cup champ entered this year's playoffs as the third favorite to win the $10 million bonus at 7/1, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. But those chances took a big hit on Thursday.
In December, Stenson underwent surgery on his right knee and posted this fantastic post-surgery selfie:
The 40-year-old made a quick recovery, returning to action just six weeks later and finishing T-3 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Stenson also withdrew from this year's U.S. Open, pulling out after an incomplete second round and eventually citing "minor neck and knee issues." He won the European Tour's BMW International Open the following week.
We'll have to see if Stenson plays in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. Then comes the BMW Championship before a one-week break ahead of the Tour Championship. The week after that? Team Europe is counting on him at the Ryder Cup.