After the conclusion of the third round of the TOUR Championship, Henrik Stenson’s nine-shot lead had dropped to four. The Swede seemed to be on the ropes, trying desperately to hold on to the event and the FedEx Cup championship that would accompany a victory. While the players behind him were making runs or falling back in the fourth round, Stenson stayed the course. He finished the front nine at one under par and managed two birdies and a bogey on the back. That was sufficient for a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
Now Henson has an extra $11,440,000 in his pocket – $10 million FedEx Cup grand prize and the $1,440,000 winner’s share of the TOUR Championship purse – and it’s thanks to his impeccable form over the last three months. Including the U.S. Open, Stenson played eight events to close out the year. He only finished outside of the top 25 twice. He won two of the eight events, finished second twice and picked up one third place result. I’d say he deserves the FedEx Cup title.
“It’s just been a great summer,” Stenson said. “I mean, way beyond what I could imagine. The play that I performed here since mid-July has been incredible.” The win moved the temperamental Swede to fourth in the official world golf rankings. He’ll be a favorite in most of the events he enters from this point forward, until he gives a reason to be seen otherwise.
As he said, this has been an incredible few months for Stenson. He capped it off in perfect fashion by beating 29 of the best golfers in the world, taking home two titles and a boat-load of cash.