Henrik Stenson may have waited until late November to get his first win of the year, but his defense at the DP World Tour Championship put him in a better spot in the Official World Golf Ranking than where he finished his career season in 2013.
With his two-shot victory over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in Dubai, Stenson jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 in the world. He last ascended to the No. 2 spot in June, after his T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, one of three top-10s last season on the PGA Tour.
In 2013, Stenson captured the season-long prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, but ended the year at No. 3 in the world after Adam Scott’s near-sweep in Australia.
Scott will have a chance to return to No. 2 this week at the Australian Open, where he will be among the headliners in the field, along with McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
Hideki Matsuyama won in a playoff in his native Japan, jumping from No. 20 to No. 16. Spieth, who tied for third, remained at No. 14.
Here’s the top 10 in the world heading into this week’s tournaments: McIlroy, Stenson, Scott, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Rose, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.