Henrik Stenson has rental house burgled while playing at The Open

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Defending Open Champion Henrik Stenson's rental house was burgled while he played his first round at Royal Birkdale on Thursday. 

After Stenson finished his one-under-par round yesterday he was informed that while he had been on the course, someone had broken in to the house and stolen a number of his things. 

The 40-year-old Swede said that some valuable personal items and all of his clothes for the week have been taken, but he would not let it affect his week.

“When I finished my round today (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 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.”

A spokesperson for the R&A added:

“We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family.”

News of the incident was released at around the same time Stenson, who shot an opening 69, teed off on Friday at Royal Birkdale. Stay tuned for updates after Stenson finishes his second round."

According to ESPN,  Merseyside police confirmed they believe Stenson's identity was known to the thiefs and both cash and jewelry was taken.