Sunday afternoon Henrik Stenson won his first major title, as he finished 20-under par to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon by three strokes over Phil Mickelson. Stenson broke The Open Championship for lowest score for a tournament, and he tied the records for lowest score in a round in a major (63) and most birdies in a single round (ten). Supporting Stenson throughout his career has been wife Emma Löfgren, to whom he’s been married to since December 2006.
Stenson isn’t the only athlete in the family either, as the two met thanks to the game of golf with Löfgren being a golfer herself. Here are five things you need to know about Emma Löfgren.
1. Löfgren Attended South Carolina, Where She Was a Member of the Women’s Golf Team
Löfgren spent four years at the SEC school, earning four Top 10 finishes in tournaments during her career in Columbia. In 1999 Löfgren helped the Lady Gamecocks to a 14th place finish at the NCAA Division I Championships, and she finished tied for 57th in the individual portion of the tournament. While both Lofgren and Stenson are natives of Sweden, they didn’t meet until Löfgren was in college.
Stenson worked out with the men’s golf team thanks to his relationship with coach Puggy Blackmon, thus allowing him to spend more time with Löfgren stateside. Löfgren graduated from South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Media in 2000. After graduation from college, Löfgren served as a teaching pro at the Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden.
2. Löfgren and Stenson Tied the Knot in 2006 in Dubai
Löfgren and Stenson grew up in different areas of Sweden, with Löfgren’s family being from the northern part of the country and Stenson’s family hailing from the south. After meeting and going on their first date in 1997 during the Swedish Junior Match Play Championships, their relationship strengthened with the two eventually getting married in 2006 in Dubai. The couple would live there for six years before moving to the United States, with two of their three children being born in Dubai. Löfgren and Stenson moved their family to the United States in 2012.
3. Löfgren is the Mother of Three Children
Löfgren and Stenson welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lisa, in July 2007 less than a year after their marriage. Per Stenson’s personal website Lisa is also referred to as “Princess” Lisa, and she was one of the couple’s two children who were born in Dubai. Karl, who the family calls Kalle, was born in March 2010 and Alice was born in the United States in October 2014. The family currently calls Orlando, Florida home, with Löfgren and the children accompanying Stenson to tournaments when time allows.
4. Löfgren Was Also A Skier in Her Youth
Löfgren had a choice to make when she was younger, with golf ultimately winning out and becoming her focus despite the fact that she was a talented alpine skier. The family still hits the slopes during vacations, most recently in Park City, Utah last Christmas, and they also own Jet Skis that they ride in Orlando. While Löfgren may not have chosen to take skiing as far as she did her golf career, the family’s love for the sport has rubbed off on their children. According to Stenson’s personal website, both Lisa and Karl have taken to the sport.
5. Löfgren Has Been a Willing Accomplice in Some of Stenson’s Pranks
Stenson is known for his willingness to pull pranks while on tour, including asking other golfers for their email addresses and handing them a pen that delivers an electric shock when used. As for Löfgren’s role in these pranks, there was the instance of Stenson climbing from their hotel room window to scare two fellow Swedish golfers during a tour stop in Switzerland a few years ago according to Franz Lidz of Golf Digest.
During a tour stop in Switzerland a few years back, they conspired to scare the snor out of Carl Pettersson and Olle Karlsson, friends and fellow Swedes who were staying in the next hotel room. Wearing a hoodie drawn tight around his face, Henrik hopped from his balcony to theirs, opened the sliding glass door and hid behind the curtain. At an appropriate — or inappropriate — moment, he jumped out and screamed, “Just give me the money!”