Henrik Stenson used a strong final round in the DP World Tour Championship to clinch the Race to Dubai. In doing so, the Swedish sensation became the first golfer to capture the European title and the FedEx Cup in the same season.
The Telegraph made note of the accomplishment:
Henrik Stenson first man to win Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in same season after six-shot victory in DP World Tour Championship in Dubai— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) November 17, 2013
Stenson pulled away from the pack with an 8-under round of 64, which was enough to beat Ian Poulter by six strokes and Victor Dubuisson by eight strokes. It was his latest display of unmatched form, which started in the FedEx Cup playoffs and carried over the Atlantic.
His 25-under score for the event set the tournament record by two strokes, as pointed out by Steve Elling of The National:
Eagle on 18th for Stenson gives him tournament scoring record by two shots at 25 under. Led event in greens, fairways. Beyond impressive.— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) November 17, 2013
Elling also passed along a fun moment between Stenson and Poulter, friends who served as rivals in recent weeks as Poulter tried to chase down the title. At the final hole, he finally admitted defeat before celebrating with the dual champion:
Tremendous. Poulter chased Stenson for weeks, then waved white towel of surrender on 18. Then used towel to wipe bubbly out of Henrik's eyes— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) November 17, 2013
Stenographer Renee Harris captured a photo of an extremely happy Stenson after the round:
Who was the best golfer of 2013?
Stenson's finish to the season was nothing short of remarkable. Starting in July, he played in 11 tournaments across the two tours. In eight of those 11 events he finished in the top 10. He won three times, including the final tournament of each season.
Tiger Woods had a spectacular season of his own with five victories in just 16 PGA Tour starts. But given Stenson's dominance near the end of the year, it's hard to consider him anything less than the best golfer for 2013.
Gary Williams of the Golf Channel used a Seinfeld reference to wrap up Stenson's season:
Henrik Stenson makes George Costanza proud today.He double dips FedEx and Race to Dubai titles. Like putting your whole mouth in the trophy.— Gary Williams (@garywilliamsGC) November 17, 2013
Stenson finished the year with a flurry and now has the two marquee championships to show for it. After finishing the celebration, the focus will shift to a dual repeat, which would be even more impressive.