Henrik Stenson posted a four-day score of 22-under to win the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday afternoon, tying a tournament record previously set by former winners Charley Hoffman (2010) and Vijay Singh (2008) in the process.
Posting four birdies on the front nine and adding two more without any bogeys over his final nine holes, Stenson managed to overtake Round 3 leader Sergio Garcia and hold off Steve Stricker's late charge with a five-under 66.
Stricker and Graham DeLaet rounded out the top three, with Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler, Garcia and Jordan Spieth all tied for fourth. Here's a closer look at the final leaderboard, courtesy of PGATour.com, where you can find a more in-depth look at the way each golfer finished.
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Golf.com posted this tweet to celebrate Stenson's win:
ESPN's Justin Ray noted just how far Stenson has come since his career took a dark turn last year:
Henrik Stenson: was 230th in World Ranking after missed cut at 2012 Qatar Masters.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 2, 2013
According to Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, the win vaults Stenson into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Per Fox Sports News, it also vaults him ahead of Tiger Woods as the No. 1 contender for the FedEx Cup trophy heading into the BMW Championship:
Five months ago, Henrik Stenson needed a solid final round to break into top-50 and get Masters invite. With a win today, he'll be sixth.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 2, 2013
Sweden's Henrik Stenson (-22) claims first win of the year in the Deutsche Bank Championship, taking him to first in #FedexCup standings— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) September 2, 2013
Stenson has been knocking on the door for a PGA Tour victory all season. He has come on quite strong as of late, posting top-three finishes at both the British Open and PGA Championship to go along with four other top-10 finishes during the 2013 season.
In layman's terms, Stenson was due.
Shots like this putt on No. 11 helped him cross the threshold.
As noted by PGA Tour Media on Twitter, a final-round play suspension cut into some of the momentum players gained—and lost—during the first part of the day:
Final-round play at the @DBChampionship resumed at 3:58pm, for a delay of 1 hour 51 minutes.— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) September 2, 2013
It didn't affect Stenson, who showed poise and fortitude in capturing a moment that had eluded him over the course of the last few months. Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman chalks it up to destiny:
Two things that seem destined to happen this year. Stenson winning on PGA TOUR, Jordan Spieth making Presidents Cup team.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) September 2, 2013
As impressive as Stenson was, Garcia was equally unimpressive. With yet another chance to take a three-round lead and turn it into a title, Garcia finished with a three-over 74, a distant five strokes back of Stenson's tally.
Golf Channel's Damon Hack noted that Garcia's career record with a final-round lead continues to trend in the wrong direction after his latest setback:
Unless Sergio Garcia starts holing shots from the fairway, he will fall to 3-8 as 54-hole leader.— Damon Hack (@damonhackGC) September 2, 2013
Elsewhere, Jordan Spieth was the most impressive golfer on the course.
Posting a nine-under 62 and charging into the top five in the process, the PGA Tour rookie yet again put veterans on notice that his game is for real. According to Sobel, the Texas native locked up a President's Cup spot with his play Monday:
Jordan Spieth finishes 3-2-3-3. Nice audition for a Presidents Cup spot. He should've been on already. Now he should really be on.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 2, 2013
Shots like this eagle on No. 18 certainly help his cause.
Although a few of the biggest names on tour managed to finish at or near the top of the leaderboard, the most recognizable ones hovered in the middle of the pack for most of the tournament.
Woods falls in that category. With a two-over 73 Monday, he finished tied for 65th in the field. This birdie on No. 2 ended up being the highlight of his final round, since he wound up bogeying four of his final 10 holes.
Tiger finished with a four-day score of four-under.
Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker all finished well off the pace, while past major champion Angel Cabrera posted the worst score (+6) of the day en route to the lowest spot on the leaderboard among those who made the cut.
With just one tournament to play before the Tour Championship, golf's finest will have to bring their A-games in Illinois in two weeks in preparation for the FedEx Cup finale. Stenson won this round, but the $10 million prize is still very much up for grabs.
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