by Jeff Skinner
Henrik Stenson finished his PGA Tour season with a bang as he won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Not to play favorites, the Swede did the same thing at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship and with it also won the Race to Dubai.
Stenson’s last few months have marked a comeback of historic proportions as he had developed a case of the “swing yips” and fallen below 230th in the world rankings in 2012. Now with three world wide wins a top finishes whenever he plays, Stenson has placed himself among the elite golfers in the world.
Ian Poulter, who finished second in the Race to Dubai standings, says Stenson is playing better than anyone. Poulter added: “I have to take my hat off to him, unbelievable. I tried to run him down as hard as I could but even with a sore wrist he has pressed on and I just could not get close enough.
“Henrik has not made a mistake all week and I just had to make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points.
“I have thrown a lot at him and given him so much stick, but he is the best player on the planet right now.”
Stenson is the first player to capture both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup in the same season. It caps an extraordinary run for the 37 year old who now looks forward to continuing his success and claiming his first major championship next season.
“It has been an incredible summer for me, the fall in America was great and now this,” said Stenson, who was second in the Open at Muirfield and third in the US PGA Championship before his FedEx Cup triumph. “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 (to win one) would be the icing on the cake.”