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.