Henrik Stenson became the first player to capture both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season, capturing the European Tour’s top prize with a commanding, six-shot victory Sunday at the DP World Tour Championship. Here’s the skinny on the final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates:
The leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (-25), Ian Poulter (-19), Victor Dubuisson (-17), Joost Luiten (-16), Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at -15. Stenson set the 72-hole scoring record.
What it means: It’s an incredible feat for Stenson, who not too long ago had dropped outside the top 200 in the world rankings. Earlier this season, he needed a high finish in Houston just to qualify for the Masters. Now, he’s firmly entrenched as the No. 3 player in the world, behind only Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.
Round of the day: With all of the pressure to finish off a historic season and claim the title of European No. 1 for the first time, Stenson surgically picked apart the Dubai course on Sunday, firing a bogey-free, 8-under 64 (the low round of the day by two) to win by the lopsided margin.
Best of the rest: Vowing to give Stenson a race for the title, Ian Poulter did in fact play well, shooting a final-round 66, but it wasn’t enough to seriously threaten the Swede. It was enough, however, for Poults to finish second in the Race to Dubai. Still, he lost the wager with Stenson and now owes him $100 – just pocket change at this point, of course. Honorable mention goes to Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, both of whom closed with 67 to tie for fifth.
Biggest disappointment: The closest pursuer to Stenson, Victor Dubuisson carded four bogeys and never challenged Stenson. He finished in solo third, eight shots behind.
Shot of the day: With the title all but wrapped up, Stenson clinched the title in style, bludgeoning a fairway wood to tap-in range on the home hole to set up a final eagle.