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Henrik Stenson Named European Tour Golfer of the Year
Henrik Stenson has been named the European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2013 after capturing the major money titles on both sides of the Atlantic. This award brings an incredible season for the Swedish star to a fitting end.
Stenson enjoyed a remarkable comeback year by winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship to clinch the Race to Dubai title having already banked a ridiculous sum of $10m in bonuses in the United States with a win in the FedEx Cup.
What makes Stenson’s season so amazing is the fact he was ranked at 230th in the world at the beginning of 2012. He looked promising last year before finally sparking his rise up the rankings with victories recorded at the South African Open, as well as breaking a five-year title drought on the European Tour.
It was the first half of the season where the 37-year-old showed his best consistency in 2013, posting three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour while a finish of 18th at the Masters and 21st in the US Open followed.
"It's a big honour to be voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year," Stenson said. "It just reflects the stellar year I have had.
"You can call it a dream season, year of my life, whatever you want. It has been an unbelievable year and I am delighted to win this award, especially as I am the first Swede to do so.
"You look at the past winners of this award and most of the greats of European golf are on there, which just adds to the prestige of winning it. To win the FedEx Cup and the American Tour Championship in some style and then follow that by taking The Race to Dubai was very special.”
Stenson added: "The majors are the biggest goal for me now and if I can continue to play at the level I have been then I feel I can have a pretty good shot at them."