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Deutsche Bank Championship: Henrik Stenson Wins In Boston
Henrik Stenson shot a marvellous five-under par final round to win the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
The man from Sweden equalled the tournament record of 22-under-par to pass Spain’s overnight leader Sergio Garcia and win by two shots from American Steve Stricker.
Graeme DeLaet from Canada finished third, while Garcia joined America trio Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler and Matt Kuchar in fourth on 17 under. Meanwhile, England’s Brian Davis finished a respectable eighth.
Stenson has made a fantastic rise to world number 10 after finishing third at the PGA Championship, but looked beaten for pace as he trailed the impressive Garcia by two shots heading into the final round. However, five birdies on the front nine moved him into the lead by the turn and from there Stenson switched it up a notch to race away for the victory.
Stenson has now moved above Tiger Woods into top spot in the FedExCup standing after the second of the four play-off tournaments.
Garcia fans could do little more than look on as his promising challenge faded with bogeys on four of the front nine holes and, with his rivals unable to score frequent birdies, Stenson created a comfortable cushion between himself and the remainder of the chasing field.
It’s a fine run of form for Stenson, who was ranked 222nd in the world at the start of 2012. The two-time Ryder Cup winner last won at the South African Open in November 2012, but recently has surged through the rankings as a result of some brilliant finishes, which include amongst them a second place finish behind Phil Mickelson at this year’s British Open.
World number one Tiger Woods finished tied for 65th on four under par, while his compatriot Zach Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole to make the Presidents Cup team, which will play an international team captained by Nick Price in October.