DP World Tour Championship 2013: Henrik Stenson and Most Impressive Golfers

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden poses with the Race To Dubai trophy and the DP World Tour Championship trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 17, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Henrik Stenson produced another round of scintillating golf to claim the DP World Tour Championship by six shots.

The Swede finished at 25 under par, after a final eight-under round of 64, romping home to yet another triumph in what's been a magical few months.

The convincing win sees Stenson achieve a historic double, becoming the first golfer to claim The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same season.

Here's a look back at the most impressive displays in Dubai.


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

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


Henrik Stenson

Obviously the overall winner has a strong case for most impressive golfer of the week. Stenson continued his inspired late-season form, leading from Day 2 after an imperious round of 64.

Victor Dubuisson kept the gap to just one going into the final day, but Stenson's standard was a cut above the rest of the field.

He mimicked his impressive Day 2 score on Sunday, and his margin of victory was both deserved and unsurprising.

Overall, he dropped just two shots in 72 holes, with 25 birdies and a final-hole eagle adding stardust to his round. 

Nobody could keep pace with his relentless scoring, and he deservedly took the title.

EuropeanTour.com quoted the Swede after his latest 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.


Rory McIlroy

Elsewhere, it was encouraging to see Rory McIlroy produce more prolonged glimpses of his best.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 14:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in action during the first round of the DP World Tour Championship, on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 14, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo
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Stenson's form meant the Northern Irishman was never truly in contention, but a late surge saw him close the tournament tied for fifth, and he recorded every round below par.

His card was still littered with too many bogeys—10 in allbut the fact that he kept replying with birdies will boost his confidence.

It's been a rotten year for McIlroy, but there were some positive signs to take from this week.


Victor Dubuisson

Victor Dubuisson finished in third, but up until the eighth hole on the final day, the 23-year-old always had the red-hot Stenson in his sights.

A third-day 64 was the highlight for the Frenchman, whose round included a rampant run of six birdies in seven holes, and a whopping 11 overall.

Just a shot adrift on the final day, birdies at two, three and seven kept him within striking distance before a sloppy bogey at eight effectively ended his challenge.

Four bogeys across the closing 11 holes then tarnished what was another impressive week for Dubuisson.


Ian Poulter

With Stenson's hands all but on the trophy, Ian Poulter produced a typical late flurry of birdies to delay the celebrations and cap off a promising week for the Englishman.

EuropeanTour.com captured some of Poulter's closing comments:

I have to take my hat off to him, unbelievable. I tried to run him down as hard as I could but even with a sore wrist he has pressed on and I just could not get close enough.

Henrik has not made a mistake all week and I just had to make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points.

I have thrown a lot at him and given him so much stick, but he is the best player on the planet right now.

He got progressively better, with rounds of 69, 68 and a pair of 66s, and will feel satisfied with his week's endeavours.


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