The run of near-misses is finally over for Henrik Stenson, who got his first win in nearly three years at the BMW International Open.
Stenson finished the rain-plagued event in Germany at 17 under, three shots clear of both Thorbjorn Olesen and Darren Fichardt after a final-round 71.
It marks the Swede's first worldwide victory since the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, though he certainly hasn't lacked for chances. Prior to this week, Stenson had recorded eight runner-up finishes since that win in Dubai, including second-place showings at this particular tournament each of the past two years.
"I'm delighted," said Stenson, who also won this event in 2006. "I came close here the last two years, so I finally get my hands on (the trophy) again."
Stenson's win is even more remarkable considering where he stood barely a week ago. He was unable to complete his second round at the U.S. Open, withdrawing because of what he later described neck and knee ailments. Stenson indicated that further testing would be required, but the injuries appeared to pose no issue this week in Pulheim, where he defeated a field that also included Sergio Garcia (T-5).
The victory is the 10th of Stenson's career on the European Tour, and could move him from No. 7 to as high as No. 5 when the next world rankings are published.