Feb
18
2010
A Speedy Paycheck for Stenson
By Stephanie Wei under General

After spending all of Tuesday shivering in bed, Henrik Stenson hauled himself to the golf course, hit some balls, played one hole, conceded his match and walked away $45,000 richer.

From Jason Sobel’s live blog of the Accenture Match Play Championship:

Ben Crane just won in record time. He played one hole against Henrik Stenson, before the 2007 champion withdrew with flu-like symptoms.

Why did Stenson even play one hole rather than just WDing beforehand? Take a wild guess.

If he had withdrawn before the round, Stenson would not have been paid for his troubles. But since he went one hole, he takes a T-33 result and last place money of $45,000.

Not a bad payday. Now we wonder why golf gets a bad rap. But the poor guy shouldn’t be punished just because he caught a bug. I mean, when players in other major sports are sidelined with an injury, they still get paid, right?

I say Stenson should donate his “earnings” to charity.

[Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images]