Stenson Wins Race to Dubai
Henrik Stenson tasted sweet victory in the DP World Tour Championship to claim the Race to Dubai crown.
The Swede played a lap of honour after carding a flawless 64 to see him crowned European No.1 and become the first player to win the title and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season.
He began the day with a one-shot lead over Victor Dubuisson before Stenson overtook with a three-shot cushion. And from there he soared on to success.
Ian Poulter had vowed to ‘chase down’ his good friend and rival from four behind, but his hopes were quickly dashed after a bogey at the opening hole set him back a step, and then he was unable to make any valuable inroads as Stenson steamrolled on.
Stenson’s dominant dispaly was epitomised at the closing hole when his long second landed just over the creek before rolling within 18 inches of the cup for a tap-in eagle and six-shot advantage over his nearest rival.
Dubuisson (71) must have wondered what went wrong as he limped over the line following his huge win in Turkey last week, although a two-putt birdie at the last did secure him third place ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten, who closed with a bogey-free 66.
Rory McIlroy overcame a pair of early dropped shots to card a respectable if middle of the road 67, the same number as Luke Donald. The two both finished in fifth place, sharing 15 under par alongside Lee Westwood. (68).