It was already a 2013 PGA season to remember for Henrik Stenson, but his Tour Championship victory and FedEx Cup championship on Sunday put the icing on the cake for the best year of his career.
The PGA Tour welcomed Stenson to the exclusive club of champions on Twitter:
The Swede came into Sunday's final round of the Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta with a four-stroke lead to hold onto, and...well...it's safe to say a lot of money was on the line. The difference between first and second place is a steep $7 million, per the PGA Tour's official website.
His big victory only added to an already successful 2013 campaign for Stenson, as ESPN's Darren Rovell pointed out:
He also had to hold off four of the sport's best in order to secure the eight-figure payout. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar were all nipping at Stenson's heels in the standings.
But he didn't budge, posting a final-round 68 that stifled late surges from Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. His 13-under finish won the tournament by three strokes over Spieth and Stricker, both of whom finished 10 under par.
Woods led the FedEx Cup standings for much of the year, including into this weekend, but faltered down the stretch and finished at even par for the tournament—good for a tie for 22nd.
Stenson's win at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month propelled him right in the thick of things down the stretch, and he came up huge this weekend to receive the big payday.
He also saved his best performance in majors for last, finishing second in the British Open and third in the PGA Championship—his best two major championship performances.
The 37-year-old has been around for a while but has never played better golf. Expect more of the same from Stenson in 2014.
Note: All information, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of the PGA Tour.
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