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Henrik Stenson's temper flares again at BMW Championship, driver destruction ensues

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Tiger Woods receives the brunt of fans’ ire for behaving badly on the golf course, but Henrik Stenson puts on clinics on how to shatter clubs that let him down.

Ross Kinnaird

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are not the only golfers on the PGA Tour to take their frustrations out on their equipment, just the players with the highest profiles to do so. Henrik Stenson, who 15 short days ago was celebrating his third tour win at the Deutsche Bank Championship and entered this week’s BMW Championship as No. 1 in FedExCup points, could give the Swoosh brothers some pointers on how to mangle clubs that simply won’t do what they expect them to do.

On his way to a final-round 3-over 74 in Monday’s rain-delayed finale of the third of four FEC playoff games, and after finding the hazard off the tee on the 18th hole, the hot-tempered Stenson decided his 9-degree TaylorMade R1 driver was taking up precious space in his bag. To make room for a big club that he hopes will perform better, the Swede smacked his big dog into the turf, causing the head to separate from its Grafalloy Blue X shaft.

While the golf world reserves most of its holier-than-thou wrath for Woods’ physical and verbal misdeeds inside the ropes, Stenson is no stranger to such piques of fury.

There was that groundskeeping incident last year at Augusta:

And, lest we forget, Stenson’s made short shrift of an offending iron at the 2011 U.S. Open, where the big baby suffered a boo-boo from the shards of his shaft:

Stenson, no doubt with a shiny new toy for the Tour Championship that begins on Thursday, will start the FedExCup playoff finale in second place after winding down in the Windy City at 1-under, 15 shots behind winner Zach Johnson.

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