Henrik Stenson hailed a “dream season” as he claimed a historic double in fitting fashion by storming to victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Stenson became the first man to win The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour thanks to a commanding six shot victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The 37-year-old carded a flawless closing 64, signing off in style with a tap-in eagle on the 18th, to finish with a tournament-record total of 25 under par, with money list rival Ian Poulter a valiant second following a 66.
France’s Victor Dubuisson was two shots further back in third, with Dutchman Joost Luiten fourth and a trio of former World No.1s – Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood – sharing fifth.
“It has been an incredible summer for me, the (autumn) in America was great and now this,” said Stenson, who was also second in The Open Championship and third in the US PGA Championship. “It has been a dream season.
“I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch me, especially Ian who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that.
“I don’t know how I am going to be able to top this next year but I am going to give my best in the Majors and that (becoming the first male Swedish player to win one) would be the icing on the cake.”
It’s fair to say Stenson astounded plenty of onlookers with his performance at the season-ending tournament in Dubai. We’ve pulled together a host of the best – and quirkiest – reactions to the Swede’s historic victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
It had been like this for the past four weeks. Stenson, the co-protagonist in a month-long battle with good friend Ian Poulter, who a month ago took odds of 10-1 for him running down the Swede in the Race to Dubai. Poulter also insisted that Stenson act as his waiter for the night if he managed to perform the unlikely leapfrog. Stenson would go to bed on Saturday night with these final ‘words of encouragement’…
Ok @henrikstenson I am officially coming after you tomorrow. I will be give it my all. Do not look over your shoulder I will be right there
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 16, 2013
Yet by 4pm on Sunday, Poulter would wave a white towel in surrender. He would later be invited onto the final green by Stenson and ordered: “you are my slave now, wipe my brow”. Poults went down, but you couldn’t fault him for trying…
Massive congrats to @henrikstenson best player on the planet. I tried but the man is playing some serious golf right now. Thanks for the fun
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 17, 2013
The almost comical showdown between the two unlikely pals drew some unique comparisons…
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) November 16, 2013
…while Stenson’s performance earned some pretty impressive plaudits from his peers…
.@henrikstenson we bow to you. Literally hottest player on Earth right now!
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) November 17, 2013
The stats backed up Donald. In four rounds, Stenson missed only four greens, hitting 17 in regulation each day…
— The European Tour (@European_Tour) November 18, 2013
…while some were even game enough to ask…
Fine, we’ll ask the question: Is Henrik Stenson better than Tiger Woods? http://t.co/6zf3u4PrDU
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) November 16, 2013
Speaking of the current World No.1, what exactly was he up to as a challenger emerged to threaten his throne?
World No. 3 wins Race to Dubai title. World No. 2 wins second straight event. World No. 1 on field before Broncos game. Life’s good on top.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) November 18, 2013
Since finishing third in the Scottish Open in July, the Stenson has amassed approximately £1m per tournament entered. The £1.4m he picked up on Sunday was piled on top of to the £7.1m he collected at the FedEx finale eight weeks ago. What does a man do with all that cash…
@henrikstenson congrats on your great play this year. That’s a lot of $$$ from both playoff bonuses. If u need help spending I got some ideas
— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) November 17, 2013
Or perhaps he can rectify this…
Best part of Stenson’s win is that we’ll never have to see this again. Now he can wallpaper himself in large bills. pic.twitter.com/AangSP6uIm
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) November 17, 2013
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