‘I hope you regret it’: Ian Poulter slams Swedish Golf Federation for dropping fellow LIV golfer Henrik Stenson after ex-Ryder Cup captain joins Saudi-backed tour
Ian Poulter has taken to Twitter to condemn the Swedish Golf Federation for canceling his partnership with fellow LIV golf competitor Henrik Stenson.
The move follows Stenson’s defection to the Saudi-backed circuit in early July, where he turned away from the PGA Tour to join other big names seeking huge pay raises.
‘We believe that Henrik, due to his involvement with LIV Golf, can no longer act as a role model for Swedish junior golfers,’ Gunnar Håkansson, secretary general of the SGF, told news agency TT.
It’s a move that Poulter has reacted to with sharp words on social media.
Ian Poulter defends Henrik Stenson after he was dropped by the Swedish Golf Federation
Poulter took to Twitter to label the partnership breakdown as ‘beyond disappointing’
Taking to Twitter, Poulter said: ‘Beyond disappointed to hear this news.
‘I actually hope the junior/disability golfers have their say. I hope you regret this SGF.
‘Greatest Swedish male golfer. Open Champ, 2x Race to Dubai winner, FedEx Cup Champion, Players Champ. Just to name a few of Henrik Stenson’s victories.’
Stenson admitted to the dumping on his Instagram, writing; ‘Naturally, we are disappointed that the SGF feels that our commitment and financial support through the Henrik Stenson Foundation is no longer sought.
‘But this will in no way affect our drive to develop junior and paragolf in Sweden.’
Previously, former world No. 2 Stenson was an ambassador for the Federation of Paragolf and the Paragolf Tour with Stenson — according to his website — consistently donating prize money from the Swedish Golfer of the Year winner to organizations.
Despite signing on to captain Team Europe at the 2023 event, Stenson severed his Ryder Cup ties after joining LIV Golf.
Stenson said he was ‘naturally disappointed’ at the news that the partnership had ended
Having previously commented that he would not join the breakaway circuit, Stenson backfired and was consequently stripped of the captaincy.
Stenson said at the Ryder Cup press conference in March, ‘There’s been a lot of speculation going back and forth and, as I said, I’m fully committed to the captaincy and Ryder Cup Europe and the job at hand.’
‘So we’ll get on with it and I’m going to do everything in my power to deliver a winning team in Rome.’
Stenson never made it to Rome and instead attended LIV Golf before the first event in Bedminster, NJ. — which he won, a $4 million payday.