Henrik Bjørnstad is now one of the most mentioned sportsman in Norway at the moment. He has also become a well known man on the US PGA Tour, the best paid tour in the world. He has the best job a golfer can get, but the way to his success hasn’t been easy.
Henrik started playing golf when he was ten years old. He was a very eager golf player, and he attended many national tournaments until he turned pro. When he became pro, new opportunities opened up for him. He qualified to the European Tour in 1999 and he played steady golf for five years. In 2004 he retired from the golf. He lost his motivation and he was tired of all the travelling. He went back to the “normal” life and his brother gave him a job as a carpenter.
After a request from Jan Erik Aalbu, Henrik started playing golf again, and this time his motivation was on top! He was very keen to play big tournaments again. He made his comeback in a big tournament in Sweden called Scandinavian Masters, where many of the best players in the world attended. He ended at a shared 18th after a very well done tournament. He felt much stronger than he was before he retired and he enjoyed playing golf again. In my opinion I think it’s a very good achievement to go from the carpenter life and to start playing good golf again. I think it was very healthy for Bjørnstad to take a year off, because when you start playing golf again you will think its very fun and the will to play golf is much bigger than it was.