In two weeks, the Swede lost his European Ryder Cup captaincy, joined LIV Golf and earned his biggest payday in New Jersey.

BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- Henrik Stenson did his best to keep a low profile, but it was clear the events of the past two weeks had taken their toll.

A major decision to leave the DP World Tour and PGA Tour to sign with LIV Golf cost him the captaincy of the 2023 European Ryder Cup team

an honor that turned into disgrace when he was criticized for taking money from such a prestigious career. success.

And when he showed up in New Jersey for his first LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament, the typically jovial and often funny Stenson seemed to feel the tension.

“I saw him at dinner on Tuesday night and he looked quite upset,” said Graeme McDowell, who was an assistant with Stenson on the 2021 European team.

“I can see why. He's just not a guy who's used to negativity. So this is probably bittersweet.''

Stenson put it all aside at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, leading the 54-hole tournament from Friday's start and holding off Matthew Wolff and Dustin