DP Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson Wins at a Canter
Henrik Stenson cantered to victory in the DP World Tour Championship, marking a phenomenal success in the season-long Race to Dubai.
The Swede played what was essentially a lap of honour after carding a flawless 64 to see him crowned European No.1 and become the first player to win the title and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season.
He began the day with a one-shot lead over Victor Dubuisson before Stenson overtook with a three-shot cushion; from there on out he rarely needed so much as a glance over his shoulder at the chasing pack.
The war cry from Ian Poulter in which he vowed to ‘chase down’ his good friend and rival from four behind quickly evaporated after a bogey at the opening hole set him back a step, and then he was unable to make any valuable inroads as Stenson steamrolled on.
The dominant display showed by Stenson was epitomised at the closing hole when his long second landed just over the creek before rolling within 18 inches of the cup for a tap-in eagle and six-shot advantage over his nearest rival.
Dubuisson (71) must have wondered what went wrong as he limped over the line following his huge win in Turkey last week, although a two-putt birdie at the last did secure him third place ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten, who closed with a bogey-free 66.
Rory McIlroy overcame a pair of early dropped shots to card a respectable if middle of the road 67, the same number as Luke Donald. The duo each laid claim for fifth place, with the two sharing on 15 under par alongside Lee Westwood. (68).