Experience & Youth win Hero World Challenge & Mauritius Open Respectively

by Maura Hutchinson

It was a weekend of important wins, for different reasons, in the Bahamas and Mauritius. Read on to learn who came out on top at Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge and the European Tour’s Mauritius Open.

Redemption is sweet for Stenson…

Henrik Stenson battled his way to the top of the leaderboard at the Albany Golf Club, edging out tournament host Tiger Woods, and defending champion Jon Rahm to win the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.

The win marks Stenson’s first victory in over two years, and comes just two-weeks after finishing 44th in Dubai. Another interesting note, the 43-year-old was only playing this weekend after being granted an exemption from Woods.

“I found good momentum and sometimes it’s just keep on working hard and grinding it out,” Stenson told reporters afterwards.

The Swede is hoping his good form continues into 2020 as he looks forward to edging back up the World Golf Rankings. The former world number two is currently 26, but has previously spent five years in the top 10.

“It’s [my ranking’s] down, but it’s not a disaster,” says Stenson. “I can compete with the best, and I guess I show that.”

You certainly did Iceman.

Here’s a look at Stenson’s winning bag:

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash
Fairway Woods: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero; Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Irons: Callaway Legacy Black
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled; Callaway Jaws MD5
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro No. 7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Youth and Exuberance proves lethal in Mauritius…

Over on the European Tour, Danish golfer Rasmus Hojgaard became the third youngest winner on the Tour after securing victory at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The 18-year-old struck gold in just his fourth European Tour start, birdieing the 72nd hole to finish the event at 19-under in a tie with Antoine Rozner and Renato Paratore. The young golfer was then able to hold his nerve, to secure his maiden title.

“This is a dream come true,” Hojgaard told reporters afterwards. Adding, “It’s amazing. To be on the European Tour so early is a dream come true and to be a winner now, it’s incredible. I can’t put it into words. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

See the TaylorMade gear that helped the young Dane win in Mauritius:

Driver: TaylorMade M5 Driver
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M5
Irons: TaylorMade P770
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe
Putter: TaylorMade TP Patina Ardmore 3
Ball: TaylorMade TP5