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Henrik Stenson says he would be willing to take a lie detector test over LIV allegations

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Henrik Stenson says he would be willing to take a lie detector test over LIV allegations

EXCLUSIVE: PGA and DP World Tour rebel Henrik Stenson says he is willing to take a LIE DETECTOR test to refute allegations he accepted the Ryder Cup captaincy with a view to taking advantage of a better financial package from Saudi- backed LIV Tour

  • Henrik Stenson was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy earlier this year
  • The Swede accepted a £40m package to join the highly controversial LIV Tour
  • Stenson denied he took the captaincy for a better offer at LIV

Henrik Stenson says he will take a lie detector test to deny rumors he used the Ryder Cup captaincy to take advantage of a better offer from the LIV breakaway series.

The Swede was sacked from the prestigious role of European Ryder Cup chiefs in July after accepting an offer in the region of £40million to defect to the Saudi-backed rebel series.

That situation has given rise to whispered theories that Stenson may have accepted the post in March as a way of coaxing a better package – but it is a scenario the 46-year-old has denied.

Henrik Stenson says he is willing to take a lie detector test on the LIV tour allegations

Henrik Stenson says he is willing to take a lie detector test on the LIV tour allegations

Speaking ahead of LIV’s season finale in Miami, he told Sportsmail: ‘I can give you a 100 per cent honest answer that it didn’t happen. I’ll be willing to take a lie-detector test on that.’

Despite drawing criticism from golf’s traditional factions for such a controversial decision, Stenson, who won his LIV debut at Bedminster, said he remained satisfied with his call.

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He added: ‘I’m happy. I thought about that for over an afternoon. I’m happy where I am. I managed to get a win straight out of the box and I’m looking forward to next year.

‘I’m enjoying being with the boys on this tour. We play together, travel together and it has a different vibe to the regular touring life I’ve had for years. That is great. But I’m enjoying it.

‘I haven’t played anything other than LIV events since the summer, so I mean going forward I’m getting the off season I’ve wanted for 16 or 17 years. I’m looking forward to that – being strong and fit in the gym and getting ready for the new season in February. I am happy.’

The Swede won on his debut on the Saudi-backed tour and said he was relishing his new opportunity

The Swede won on his debut on the Saudi-backed tour and said he was relishing his new opportunity

Stenson denied he accepted the Team Europe Ryder Cup captaincy as leverage

Stenson denied he accepted the Team Europe Ryder Cup captaincy as leverage