Stenson claims second Race to Dubai title

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Henrik Stenson closed a career-changing year with his second Race to Dubai title.

Stenson finished T-9 at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, a result that was more than enough to give the Swede the European Tour's season-long trophy that he first won in 2013.

While Stenson's victory was nearly assured entering the final event, he drew extra satisfaction from closing with a 65 Sunday in Dubai while playing alongside Rory McIlroy, who won the Race to Dubai title each of the last two years.

"I figured if I was going to be crowned Europe's No. 1, I might as well play some golf the last day," Stenson told reporters. "Certainly did that. It was my best round of the week and my best golf of the last two weeks."

Stenson won the title despite skipping the first Final Series event in Turkey, a testament to the overall strength of his year. The 40-year-old captured his first major title in dramatic fashion at Royal Troon but also won in Germany the month prior and took home the silver medal during golf's return to the Olympics in Rio.

"It's been an amazing year for me," Stenson said. "I didn't think I was going to be able to top 2013, but as a whole, I think I've done that. Maybe not the level of golf that I played throughout the year, but at the right times I played some great golf."