Stenson doubles, wins FedEx, Dubai crowns

todd.milles@thenewstribune.comNovember 18, 2013 

Henrik Stenson won the season-ending World Tour Championship on Sunday after shooting an 8-under-par 64 in the final round in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season.

“It is still taking a little time to sink in what I’ve achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedExCup,” he said. “But then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on, and I am sure this will be the same.”

Stenson had six birdies in the final round before finishing with an eagle at the 18th hole that left him at 25 under for the tournament. It was his first victory of the season on the European Tour.

“To achieve the double-double, if you like, in winning the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai on top of winning the PGA Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup takes some beating, I guess,” Stenson said.

“I am just very, very pleased with the way I played. I knew it was going to be a tough week as I knew the guys like Justin (Rose) and Ian (Poulter) would come charging at me and try to catch me.”

Poulter birdied his closing two holes to shoot a 66 and finish second at 19 under. He also finished second in the Race to Dubai.

“I have to take my hat off to Henrik as he is unbelievable,” Poulter said.

“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 all I could do was make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points.”

Victor Dubuisson of France shot a 71 to claim third place at 17 under. Rory McIlroy continues to show signs of returning to form, closing with a 67 to share fifth place at 15 under.

ENGLISH WINS IN MEXICO

Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

English closed with a 6-under 65 after completing the third round in the morning with a 68 to finish at 21-under 263. He moved into contention Saturday in the second round, matching the lowest round of his tour career with a 62.

Brian Stuard shot a 67 to finish second.

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore had a 1-under 70 final round to finish tied for 23rd.

THOMPSON WINS AGAIN

Lexi Thompson won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, for her second victory in her last four starts, birdieing the final hole to finish at 16-under 272 and beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.

Thompson, 18, made a 5-foot putt on the par-5 18th, then won when Lewis missed her 5-foot try.

Top-ranked Inbee Park (69) finished fourth at 11 under to wrap up the points-based player of the year award with one event left.

ELSEWHERE

Adam Scott successfully defended his Australian Masters title for his second victory in two weeks, scrambling for an even-par 71 and a two-shot win over Matt Kuchar — who double-bogeyed the final hole at wind-swept Royal Melbourne. … Liang Wen-chong won the inaugural Asian Tour’s Manila (Philippines) Masters in a playoff, and then donated half of his $135,000 earnings to help victims from Typhoon Haiyan.

tracking locals on the pga tour

This week: OHL Classic at Mayakoba, ended Sunday, El Camaleon Golf Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

In the field: Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and University Place’s Michael Putnam.

Moore’s third/fourth round scores: Even-par 71/1-under 70.

Putnam’s third/fourth round scores: 2-under 69/1-under 70.

Stanley’s third/fourth round scores: 4-under 67/2-over 73.

Position: Moore (9-under 275) tied for 23rd, Putnam (7-under 277) tied for 36th and Stanley (3-under 281) tied for 60th – all behind winner Harris English (21-under 263).

Recap: The best news is they got the weather-delayed tournament in by Sunday, meaning the field, including all three locals, had to play more than 18 holes on the final day. Moore made double bogey on the par-3 10th in the final round but responded with three birdies on the back nine. ... Putnam posted four under-par rounds this week, and had a five-hole stretch in the final round where he made four birdies (Nos. 3-5, 7). ... It was an ugly final round for Stanley, who made six bogeys – four coming in five holes on the back nine.

Next: 2014 PGA Tour season will begin Jan. 3 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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