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The Swedish Golf Federation (SGF) has officially cut ties with 2016 British Open champion and six-time PGA Tour winner Henrik Stenson. for its links with LIV Golf.

Gunnar Hakansson, general secretary of the Swedish federation, recently made the announcement in a statement, adding that Stenson’s involvement was “not appropriate as a role model in our youth and paragolf activities.” according to GolfDigest.

Majestics GC’s Henrik Stenson plays an approach shot on the 18th hole during the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

“We believe that Henrik, given his involvement with LIV Golf, can no longer act as a role model for young Swedish golfers,” Hakansson said.

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Stenson confirmed the news on Instagram and said he was “disappointed” with Swedish Golf’s decision.

“Naturally we are disappointed that SGF feels that our commitment and financial support through the Henrik Stenson Foundation is no longer necessary, but this will in no way affect our drive to develop junior and para golf in Sweden.

Majestics GC's Henrik Stenson poses with the first place individual trophy after winning the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Majestics GC’s Henrik Stenson poses with the first place individual trophy after winning the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

Ian Poulter criticized the SGF on Twitter over the weekend, adding that he hopes they “regret” their decision.

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“Beyond disappointing to hear this news. In fact, I hope Juniors/Disability golfers have something to say,” he wrote in a tweet, listing some of Stenson’s accomplishments. “I hope you will regret this SGF. The best Swedish male golfer.”

The announcement comes just a few months after Stenson was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy amid reports, at the time, that he was speculating on his move to LIV Golf.

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Henrik Stenson of Sweden acknowledges the crowd during the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed 2022 at Halmstad Golf Club on June 12, 2022 in Halmstad, Sweden.

Henrik Stenson of Sweden acknowledges the crowd during the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed 2022 at Halmstad Golf Club on June 12, 2022 in Halmstad, Sweden.
(Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“In light of the decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to meet certain contractual obligations with the Ryder Cup Europe to which he had committed prior to his announcement as Captain on Tuesday 15 March 2022 and it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of Captain,” Team Europe said in a statement at the time.

Stenson may still be able to play in the Ryder Cup, as Team Europe eligibility remains undefined.

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