Tour Championship 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Henrik Stenson won the 2013 Tour Championship on Sunday, consequently capturing his first FedEx Cup and making it a $11.44 million day in prize money ($10 million for the FedEx Cup).
The 37-year-old from Sweden, who has enjoyed a phenomenal year, shot two under par in the final round to close the Tour Championship with a 13-under 267. It marked his second victory and 11th top-10 finish of 2013.
This comes after Stenson posted one top-10 finish and zero wins in 2012.
Dustin Johnson, who entered Day 4 in second place, wasn't able to catch the Swede on Sunday, while both the young and the old—Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker—also watched Stenson emerge victorious.
Here's a recap of the day's action, complete with video highlights.
2013 Tour Championship Final Leaderboard
It couldn't have been a nicer day at East Lake in Atlanta on Sunday. The conditions were ideal for the world's top golfers, as PGA Tour pointed out:
Through the first nine holes, Henrik Stenson did what he needed to do, posting a one-under par to get to 12 under for the tournament and give him a five-stroke cushion.
Luke Kerr-Dineen of Golf Digest tweeted at the time:
It's official: Henrik Stenson is a machine— Luke Kerr-Dineen (@LukeKerrDineen) September 22, 2013
Stenson calmly posted another two birdies to one bogey on the back nine despite some late chargers to claim the victory.
Young American Jordan Spieth was on fire to start off the day at East Lake. He posted four birdies (along with one bogey) on the front nine alone. The 20-year-old Texan, who entered the Tour Championship 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, was determined to give Stenson a fight on Sunday.
While Spieth sat in second place, Dan Hicks of NBC Sports told broadcasting partner Johnny Miller, via Golf Channel PR, the following:
Spieth finished six under par for the day.
Steve Stricker, the 2007 Barclays champion and 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship winner, posted a two-under through the first nine holes to get to seven under for the tournament. Stricker added a birdie and an eagle on the back nine, but fell just short of Stenson, settling into a tie for second place.
After starting out the day in sole possession of second place at seven under par, Dustin Johnson lost a shot after consecutive bogeys on holes No. 4 and No. 5. Johnson finished the front nine at even par, tied with Spieth for second place and the $708,000 in earnings.
But after four birdies to one bogey in the first six holes of the back nine, Johnson posted a brutal triple-bogey on No. 17 to plummet into a tie for fifth place. He finished with a birdie to claim fifth place.
As for Tiger Woods, the 2007 and 2009 FedEx Cup champion posted a three-under 67 on Sunday to finish at even par for the tournament. He entered the event as the FedEx Cup points leader, but he won't be taking home the trophy.
Woods lowered his round score by two strokes from round to round at the Tour Championship, but his three-over 73 on Day 1 ultimately proved to be too much to overcome for the 37-year-old.
Henrik Stenson's day included a nice 163-yard approach shot on No. 7 that landed a couple of feet from the pin. The Swede tapped in the putt for birdie.
Keegan Bradley had the shot of the day, sinking a 170-yard approach shot on the par-four seventh. He went on to "Dufnering" in honor of playing partner Jason Dufner.
Billy Horschel nailed a 25-foot putt for birdie on No. 3.
Dustin Johnson made a 16-foot putt for birdie on No. 3 as well.
Johnson was lucky to hit the flagstick off a 27-foot chip shot on the next hole.
It was a memorable tournament filled with plenty of highlights, but ultimately it was Stenson who was the story of the day and tournament.
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