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SOUTHPORT, England, July 21 (Reuters) - Defending champion Henrik Stenson had all his clothing for this week's British Open stolen from his accomodation near Royal Birkdale, the Swede said in a statement on Friday.
"When I finished my round (on 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," said Stension.
"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 my clothing for the week," he said.
Stenson, who shot one under-par in an early group on Thursday, was playing his second round in the afternoon group on Friday.
A spokesman for organisers, the R&A, said: "We were very sorry to hear about the burglary and have offered any assistance we can provide to Henrik and his family". (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Toby Chopra)