DP World Tour Championship 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor INovember 14, 2013

DP World Tour Championship 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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    The DP World Tour Championship will this weekend conclude the 2013 European Tour, with the Race to Dubai winner set to be decided on Sunday evening.

    With Sweden's Henrik Stenson, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and England's Justin Rose all strongly in contention for the main prize, every dollar of prize money earned over the next four days will be crucial.

    Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is also among the 56-man field vying for the Tour Championship title, having won the event last season. McIlroy, though, is still on the hunt for his first success of the current campaign.

    With four days of golf set to decide the king of the 2013 European Tour and many of the world's best golfers on show, Bleacher Report will guide you through the four days of top-class golfing action.

Day 4: Stenson Romps Home to Historic Triumph

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    Henrik Stenson claimed the DP World Tour Championship in emphatic fashion, finishing six shots clear on 25-under.

    His final round of 64 equalled his best score from Friday and ensured he won the trophy at a canter.

    The Swede produced a bogey-free card, scoring alternate birdies on the first eight holes. He also picked up shots at 12 and 14, before a final tap-in eagle saw him finish in style.

    Victor Dubuisson kept him company during the early stages, before a crucial dropped bogey at eight, while Ian Poulter remained typically competitive until the end.

    The win marks a historic feat for Stenson, making him the first person to win both The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same season.

    EuropeanTour.com recorded some of his quotes after the win:

    It has been an incredible summer for me, the fall (autumn) in America was great and now this, 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.

    Final Leaderboard

    1Henrik Stenson SWE -25 
    2Ian PoulterENG-19 
    3Victor Dubuisson FRA-17
    4Joost LuitenNED-16 
    T5Rory McIlroyNIR-15 
    T5Luke Donald ENG -15 
    T5Lee Westwood ENG -15
    T8Jamie DonaldsonWAL-14
    T8Miguel Angel Jimenez ESP-14

Day 3: Dubuisson Answers Stenson with His Own 64

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    Following Henrik Stenson's impressive 64 on Day 2, Victor Dubuisson rose from third place to match it and sit a shot adrift of the leader at 16 under after Day 3.

    Aside from a bogey on the first hole and a double on the 10th, the Frenchman had a dream round that saw him hit 11 birdies and judge the greens as well as anyone in the tournament.

    He almost finished with an eagle, but his long putt just drifted wide and he had to settle for an eight-under round.

    Stenson, the competition's overnight leader, continued his good run with a 65 that enabled him to remain on top of the leaderboard and in pole position going into the final day.

    Elsewhere, Ian Poulter continued to improve and hauled himself up to third place with an excellent 66. The Englishman threatened to come apart when he bogeyed the 17th, but recovered well to right himself with a birdie on the final hole.

    Rory McIlory, however, continued his indifferent run of form with three bogeys and seven birdies as he carded a four-under 68 to sit in a three-way tie for eighth place.

    Day 3 Leaderboard

    PosNameNationalityTo Par
    1Henrik StensonSWE-17
    2Victor DubuissonFRA-16
    3=Ian PoulterENG-13
    3=Alejandro, CanizaresESP-13
    5=Miguel Angel JiminezESP-12
    6=Lee WestwoodENG-11
    6=Justin RoseENG-11
    8=Joost LuitenNED-10
    8=Luke DonaldENG-10
    8=Rory McIlroyNIR-10

Day 2: Stenson Takes Command with Round of 64

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    Swede Henrik Stenson took a major step towards securing both the Race to Dubai and World Tour Championship titles on Friday, equalling the best round of the week thus far to take a one-shot lead.

    Stenson struck eight birdies in a nigh-on flawless round of 64 to storm into the lead, with Day 1 leader Alejandro Canizares his nearest rival.

    His efforts leave him four shots clear of Victor Dubuisson, one of nine players who still have a hope of claiming the Race to Dubai title, with Justin Rose and Ian Poulter a shot further back at seven-under.

    Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell's challenge for the overall title, though, now appears to be in trouble at four-under, eight shots off Stenson's lead.

    Day 2 Leaderboard

    PosNameNationalityTo Par
    1Henrik StensonSWE-12
    2Alejandro CanizaresESP-11
    3=Victor DubuissonFRA-8
    3=Marcus FraserAUS-8
    5=Justin RoseENG-7
    5=Jonas BlixtSWE-7
    5=Ian PoulterENG-7
    5=Kiradech AphibarnratTHA-7
    9=Rory McIlroy (+ 4 others)NIR-6

    A full leaderboard can be found on the European Tour website.

    The day belonged to Stenson who displayed the form that has taken him to the top of the European Tour rankings this season.

    While the odd opportunity slipped by, such as a stunning 230-yard four iron to within six feet for eagle at the 14th, Stenson's play around the greens at the Jumeirah course was sensational.

    Once more the Swede found 17 of the greens in regulation, while he needed just 28 putts across the 18 holes to card his impressive round.

    Four birdies either side of the turn showed a golfer perfectly at ease with the course and, having dropped just one shot over 36 holes thus far, he appears ready to make the title his own in dominant style.

    While Dubuisson, Rose and Poulter look set to ensure that Stenson is forced to work over the weekend, if the Swede can maintain anywhere near his form of the opening two days, the Tour Championship and its US$1 million prize would appear his for the taking.

Day 1: Canizares Leads the Way as Stenson Starts Well

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    Spaniard Alejandro Canizares leads the way after Day 1 of the World Tour Championship, having hit seven birdies to end the day with a one-shot lead at six-under-par. 

    Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Marcus Fraser are the Spaniard's closest challengers at present, at five-under after 18 holes. 

    However, the key name of Henrik Stenson is joined by Jamie Donaldson and Rafa Cabrera-Bello among a trio of big-name challengers lying just two shots off the top spot.

    For Stenson, the day could have been even better after playing through his opening 10 holes at -4, only to drop a shot at the 18th hole to squander a birdie picked up only two holes previous.


     1Alejandro CanizaresESP-6
     2=Marcus FraserAUS-5
     2=Kiradech AphibarnratTHA-5
     4=Rafa Cabrera-Bello




    Jamie DonaldsonWAL-4
     4=Henrik StensonSWE-4
     7=Thorbjorn OlesenDEN-3
     7=Thongchai JaideeTHA-3
     7=Ian PoulterENG-3
     10=Martin KaymerGER-2
     10=Lee WestwoodENG-2
     10=Francisco MolinariITA-2
     10=Justin RoseENG-2
     10=Peter HansonSWE-2
     10=Victor DebuissonFRA-2
     10=Richard SterneRSA-2

    With rivals for the Race to Dubai title—Graeme McDowell (par) and Justin Rose (-2)—conceding ground on the opening day, standings leader Stenson has made a positive start in his pursuit of the Tour title.

    There are still nine players mathematically capable of winning the Race to Dubai crown and, on Day 1, seven of those challengers finished within the top 10, keeping the competition wide open heading into Friday's action. 

    Donaldson, Thongchai Jaidee, Richard Sterne and Victor Dubuisson are the other four Race to Dubai contenders currently vying near the top of the leaderboard.

    Stenson is in the driving seat though. Like Rose and McDowell, he knows victory this weekend would guarantee him the Tour title.

    Rory McIlroy had threatened to be a major talking point from the round, beginning his round with two birdies on his opening two holes. A 30-foot putt to seal birdie at the first was one of the shots of the day, but the Northern Irishman squandered his positive start to end the day at one-under-par.

    Aphibarnrat was also a strong contender for shot of the day, with his iron shot at the par-five 14th setting him up nicely for an eagle that would move him up the leaderboard.

    Stenson will happily allow others to catch the eye as long as he continues to make steady progress, knowing he has 52 more holes to tick off en route to glory.