Defending Open champ Stenson victim of Birkdale burglary

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Henrik Stenson's Open Championship defence has been marred after the house he is staying in this week was burgled.

The news emerged as Stenson - who claimed his maiden major title at Royal Troon 12 months ago - played his second round at Royal Birkdale on Friday.

In a statement issued to the media, the Swede said: "When I finished my round [on Thursday] I was informed that the house where I am staying had been burgled.

"It is obviously very special for me to be playing here in front of the fantastic Birkdale crowds as the defending Open champion so I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way.

"I am extremely grateful that my family were not in the house at the time.

"As many of you will know the Claret Jug was returned to the R&A on Monday but unfortunately, along with some valuable personal items, they have taken all of my clothing for the week."

An R&A spokesman added: "We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family."

Stenson shot a one-under 69 on Thursday in the company of Jordan Spieth and Kim Si-woo.