The Masters: Henrik Stenson needs the money major tournaments offer

Henrik Stenson's tale is not particularly joyous. (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson's tale is not particularly joyous. (Getty Images)

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Henrik Stenson is playing for tournament wins, green jackets and ... money to pay his rent and feed his family?

Unlike most pro golfers, Stenson is thought to be a bit financially unstable because of a series of bad investments, according to this article in the Guardian.

Stenson is thought to have lost millions of dollars with the Stanford Group, a financial company that was found guilty of a $7 billion Ponzi scheme a few years ago.

Stenson talked to the Guardian about his predicament: 

Not all my money, but I have quite a big part of my savings and investments with them.

Stenson has made more than $770,000 on the PGA Tour this year, so it's tough to feel too sorry for him. Still, it's a lot more difficult when you know you have more on the line than trophies and sponsorships.

Stenson's rise and fall in the world rankings has been just as volatile as his investments. He fell to 230th in the world in February 2012 before finally climbing back to 53rd after the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year.

He knew a top-10 finish in Houston would get him in the Masters.

So he went out and fired a clutch 66 in the final round to secure his Masters bid. He told the Guardian

I am very happy – as I said to my caddie walking up 18, no matter what happens here, we're playing for a green jacket in a couple of weeks. That will be nice. That was the main goal. It has been there in my mind all week. It was all about keeping my head down and doing my business, then I knew I have a good chance to do it.

I'd probably shoot a 166 if I knew I was playing for a Masters invite, but good on Stenson for getting the job done.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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