The European Tour’s flagship event in China suffered a new blow on Tuesday when Henrik Stenson withdrew after the birth of his third child. The US$7 million BMW Masters, which begins at Lake Malaren on Thursday, was already reeling from world number one Rory McIlroy’s decision last week to pull out. It lost another of its big stars in the Swede, who last year won both the USPGA Tour’s Fedex Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. Stenson’s wife Emma gave birth to baby Alice in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and the Swede has decided to remain in the States. He is expected in Shanghai for next week’s HSBC Champions tournament.