Henrik Stenson: Swede receives honorary life membership of European Tour

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Henrik Stenson has received honorary life membership of the European Tour in recognition of his maiden major victory at the Open Championship in July.

The Race to Dubai leader received the accolade on the eve of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where victory will see him end the year as Europe's top golfer.

Stenson is the 51st player - and first from Sweden - to receive the accolade.

He called the award a "special thing and something I will dearly cherish".

Henrik Stenson tweet showing the gold card he received from the European Tour

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