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Golf: Superb Stenson wins DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai

Henrik Stenson, his wife Emma and children Karl and Lisa pose with The Race To Dubai and DP World Tour Championship trophies. Photo: Getty Images.

Henrik Stenson, his wife Emma and children Karl and Lisa pose with The Race To Dubai and DP World Tour Championship trophies. Photo: Getty Images.

November 17, 2013: Henrik Stenson was crowned the Race to Dubai champion after finishing an incredible season in stunning style by romping to victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, UAE.

 

The 37-year-old Swede produced a golfing masterclass in the final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates, carding an eight-under-par 64 for a record 25-under total to win by six shots from Englishman Ian Poulter, who pushed his rival all the way in the title race and signed off with a 66.

 

Young Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (71), who won in Turkey last week, finished third on 17-under, one ahead of Joost Luiten (66), while former World No. 1s Rory McIlroy (67), Luke Donald (67) and Lee Westwood (68) ended 15-under.

 

Stenson became the first European to win the lucrative FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour in September and completed a brilliant double in Dubai despite battling a wrist injury throughout the week.

 

Fittingly, his victory was completed with a majestic eagle on the par-five 18th, where he hit a three-wood approach to less than a foot from the hole to complete his eighth European Tour victory.

 

“It took a little time to sink in when I won the FedEx and it just kept on feeling better and better as time went on and I’m sure this will be the same,” said Stenson, who competed for Europe in the 2006 and 2008 Ryder Cups.

 

“I’ve managed to achieve something very special here this week. To get the double‑double, winning the Tour Championship on both the tours, that’s going to take some beating in the future. It’s been a dream year, a dream summer for me, and the season of my life.”

 

Stenson has staged a remarkable comeback since falling out of the world’s top 200 early last year, finishing runner-up at this year’s Open Championship and PGA Championship before winning twice on the PGA Tour in September and now adding his first European Tour title of the year.

 

“I’m just very, very pleased with the way I played. I knew it was going to be a tough week and the guys were going to keep on charging and trying to catch me. Being in the lead, you want to play solidly and not make any silly mistakes,” he said.

 

“I had a couple of really good iron shots early in the round to set up three birdies in the first five holes. It was blowing pretty hard with a lot of sand in the air on the back nine. I was just trying to hit fairways and greens and make pars coming in.”

 

Poulter, also 37, was the only player left with a realistic chance of pipping Stenson to The Race to Dubai title on the final day, needing to win the tournament and for his rival to finish worse than second.

 

However, his efforts were in vain as the Swede blew the rest of the field away with a record low total, beating by two the previous best set by Westwood in 2009 and matched by McIlroy last year.

 

“I’ve tried to run Henrik down as hard as I possibly could,” Poulter said. “He’s been in incredible form the last six months. Even with a sore wrist he’s managed to continue to press on, and even today in the wind he kept his head down and pressed on through.

 

“He’s played exceptional golf in the back end of the year – simply incredible, flawless. The guy is the hottest player on the planet right now and all credit to him.”

 

Young Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, closed with a 76 to finish five-under after earlier rounds of 67, 70 and 70, while 43-year-old compatriot Thongchai Jaidee finished one-over.

 

DP World Tour Championship (Round 4), Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

263 H Stenson (Swe) 68 64 67 64

269 I Poulter (Eng) 69 68 66 66

271 V Dubuisson (Fra) 70 66 64 71

272 J Luiten (Ned) 73 68 65 66

273 R McIlroy (Nir) 71 67 68 67, L Donald (Eng) 73 66 67 67, L Westwood (Eng) 70 70 65 68

274 M Jiménez (Esp) 72 66 66 70, J Donaldson (Wal) 68 72 67 67

275 J Rose (Eng) 70 67 68 70, P Hanson (Swe) 70 68 70 67

276 J Blixt (Swe) 72 65 71 68

277 F Molinari (Ita) 70 68 70 69

278 A Cañizares (Esp) 66 67 70 75, R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 68 71 68 71, R Sterne (RSA) 70 70 70 68

279 G McDowell (Nir) 72 68 68 71, T Olesen (Den) 69 70 71 69

280 M Ilonen (Fin) 72 68 69 71, M Kaymer (Ger) 70 69 72 69

281 T Björn (Den) 71 74 69 67, M Manassero (Ita) 71 72 68 70, D Fichardt (RSA) 71 71 67 72, M Fraser (Aus) 67 69 72 73, G Bourdy (Fra) 76 70 66 69

282 R Fisher (Eng) 75 64 72 71, P Larrazábal (Esp) 72 66 72 72, S Jamieson (Sco) 73 70 70 69

283 D Horsey (Eng) 72 72 68 71, C Wood (Eng) 73 66 71 73, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 67 70 70 76

284 G Coetzee (RSA) 74 67 69 74, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 73 70 71 70

285 D Howell (Eng) 75 66 70 74, S Gallacher (Sco) 77 71 71 66, B Wiesberger (Aut) 72 73 66 74

286 G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) 71 74 67 74, T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 76 70 68

287 M Siem (Ger) 75 67 70 75, S Lowry (Irl) 71 71 74 71, S Khan (Eng) 72 72 74 69

288 N Colsaerts (Bel) 71 75 71 71, D Lynn (Eng) 71 72 73 72

289 C Lee (Sco) 73 70 71 75, R Jacquelin (Fra) 77 66 72 74, E De La Riva (Esp) 71 71 72 75

290 T Jaidee (Tha) 69 70 74 77, B Rumford (Aus) 71 72 74 73, F Aguilar (Chi) 79 66 73 72, J Quesne (Fra) 74 73 69 74

291 P Uihlein (USA) 72 72 76 71

292 B Grace (RSA) 76 70 71 75, M Warren (Sco) 74 71 73 74

293 P Casey (Eng) 75 68 73 77

297 T Aiken (RSA) 76 74 73 74

303 G Mulroy (RSA) 76 75 74 78,

 

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