By Glen Williams For Mailonline
Published: 23:17 BST, 17 July 2017 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 17 July 2017
Handing back the Claret Jug is never an easy moment for any defending Open champion.
For Henrik Stenson, Monday was that day. After his memorable win at Royal Troon last year, the Swede was forced to hand back the trophy ahead of this year's British major.
But if anything was to soften the blow, it was the Mercedes which brought him to Royal Birkdale.
Defending Open champion Henrik Stenson arrived at Royal Birkdale in a futuristic Mercedes
Stenson rocked up at Royal Birkdale in the stunning Mercedes-Benz F015 on Monday
The Swede was forced to hand the Claret Jug to R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers
Top speed: 125mph
0-62mph: 6.7 seconds
Price: £225,000-£350,000 (est)
The futuristic Mercedes-Benz F015 rocked up at the Southport course as the door opened to reveal Stenson clutching