Henrik Stenson’s defense of his British Open championship hit an unexpected bump Thursday during his 1-under 69 first round at Royal Birkdale.

“When I finished my round today (Thursday) I was informed that the house where I was staying had been burgled,” Stenson said in a statement. “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.”

Stenson said the trophy he won last July at Royal Troon in Scotland is safe, but added that the robbers didn’t leave his home empty-handed.

“As many of you know the Claret Jug was returned to The R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews) on Monday but unfortunately, along with some valuable personal items, they have taken all of my clothing for the week.”

Stenson was forced to ask his sponsors for emergency clothes to wear for Friday’s second round, according to The Sun. The 41-year-old Swede continued the tournament wearing express-delivered Hugo Boss gear.

“We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family,” a spokesman for The R&A said.

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