Stenson anticipates quick recovery from December knee surgery


Henrik Stenson will undergo minor knee surgery next month but expects to make a speedy return to action in 2016.

World number six Stenson has chosen to go under the knife to clear up a long-standing problem with his right knee, having previously benefited from a similar operation on his left knee in 2011.

For the time being, the Swede will focus on attempting to win the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship for a third year in succession.

Ahead of the procedure, Stenson said: "I'm staying here for a couple of days after the event and heading down early to South Africa. I'll play in the Nedbank Challenge [from December 3 to December 6] and then straight back to Orlando for a little scope surgery on my right knee, a meniscus clean-up.

"I'm definitely still playable but I want to do it as a bit of a precaution before next year. I'd rather clean it up now in the off-season and get some rehab done than to have to take some breaks in the middle of the season if it goes bad.

"It's such a big year with the Olympics, the Ryder Cup, four majors and everything else, so hopefully I can be 100 per cent when the season starts again.

"My plan is still to start up in Abu Dhabi [at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January]. I had a similar procedure in 2011 in early December and I was able to play in Abu Dhabi, even though it was kind of tight that time.

"That was the left one, now it's the right one, so I'm trying to balance things up. But it was a similar procedure."

Stenson revealed his present knee problem has not proved as troublesome as the injury that forced him to undergo surgery four years ago.

"It picked up this summer," he said. "I started getting a little fluid collection on the back of my knee.

"When my left one was bothering me in 2011, that really showed up in the prep for [the Masters at] Augusta. I was out there playing a practice round with [Ian] Poulter and GMac [Graeme McDowell], and I could barely finish the last nine that we played.

"I just kind of battled through that year and had the operation done. This one hasn't been as bad, but I feel like it's heading in the same direction.

"It's been more clicking and a little swollen and so on, but not really bothering me playing golf."