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FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Henrik Stenson Will Win Massive Playoff Payday

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden aknowledges the crowd from the 18th green after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 2, 2013 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 30, 2016

Henrik Stenson is the best golfer on the planet right now, and that is going to work out alright for his wallet. 

The 37-year-old Swede finished the Deutsche Bank Championship at a whopping 22-under-par. That was good enough to give him a two-stroke victory over second-place Steve Stricker.

With this miraculous shot out of the bunker on No. 17, Stenson all but sealed the deal.

This win helped propel him past the likes of Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods to the top of the FedEx Cup Standings. 

Take a look at those standings, and then I'll explain why I'm convinced Stenson is headed towards the title and the $10 million payday that comes with it. 

These rankings come via PGATour.com. They are not yet official and are the projected rankings after the completion of the Deutsche Bank Championship. 

While Stenson has left little doubt he is the hottest player going right now, this was his first win of the year. In fact, this is his first PGA win since he took the Players Championship in 2009.

At that time, Stenson seemed poised for a run of great golf. However, injuries and a prolonged slump had him tumbling towards irrelevance in a slide that bottomed out when he hit 621 in the world rankings. 

Those struggles are all a part of the past now. Stenson has been playing wonderfully all year. He's made 15 PGA starts and has missed just two cuts. He is also finishing on a high note. 

In his last five starts, Stenson has three top-three finishes. And those came in huge events. He has a second at the British Open, a second at the WGC Bridgestone and a third at the PGA Championship. 

It was clear he was due for a win, and he did not disappoint. 

Stenson is a phenomenal ball striker, and he leads the tour in that category. However, he can get a little shaky with his flat iron, but he even has that rolling right now. 

As Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel points out, Stenson finished in the top 20 of nearly every stat on the greens. If he putts like that, he is nearly unbeatable. 

Stenson has proven with his recent performances that he can handle the pressure that will come with chasing $10 million, and even if his putter regresses some from where it was this week, his ball striking is going to keep him near the top of the leaderboard. 

There are still two more tournaments left in the FedEx Cup playoff, but there is no one who can match Stenson's recent consistency, and he will not surrender his lead. 

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