Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Henrik Stenson plays the 2013 Shot of the Year  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson plays the 2013 Shot of the Year (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson’s stunning approach to the final hole of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai has been voted by fans as The European Tour Shot of the Year for 2013.

The Swede’s majestic three wood to the 18th green on the final day of the 2013 season at the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was the runaway winner in the 2013 Shot of the Year competition, polling a massive 62.63 per cent of the votes cast through europeantour.com, with Justin Rose’s magnificent approach to the 72nd hole of the US Open at Merion finishing a distant second with 9.58 per cent.

The superb approach shot helped Stenson – who was named The European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year for 2013 – sign off a dream year with a tap-in eagle, as he sealed commanding victories in both The Race to Dubai and the season-ending tournament itself.

“The three wood to the 18th in Dubai was a very fitting way to cap the best season of my career so it’s great that it has been named Shot of the Year,” he said.

“To land that close on the final hole of the season, in front of a packed grandstand, to win both titles – you really could not have directed it any better. Even making par there would have been a nice way to finish, but the stars seemed to align and that shot was the icing on the cake of an amazing year.

“Thank you to all the fans who voted for the shot on europeantour.com. It’s very special to win both Golfer of the Year and Shot of the Year, as well as three Golfer of the Month awards, and 2013 will go down as the greatest year of my career to date.”

Stenson’s Shot of the Year award sits alongside his European Tour Golfer of the Year Award and a host of honours, including the two top Swedish Sports Awards announced on Monday, which recognised the unprecedented transatlantic double of capturing the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and The Race to Dubai on The European Tour International Schedule following his success in the Tour Championship and FedExCup on the US PGA TOUR.

One lucky MyEuropeanTour fan will also soon be celebrating as a result of voting in the Shot of the Year competition. The winner and their guest will get the chance to play midnight golf in the height of summer at two European Tour Properties with a trip to the exquisite Linna Golf in Finland before being ferried across the Baltic Sea to the stunning Estonian Golf & Country Club for another round.

Indeed, all those who voted in the annual Shot of the Year Poll will be contacted and offered the same amazing trip at a discounted price. More information about the two venues can be found at www.linnagolf.fi and www.egcc.ee .

The full list of contenders for the Shot of the Year competition was: Chris Wood (January), Charl Schwartzel (February), Anders Hansen (March), Maximilian Kieffer (April), Ernie Els (May), Justin Rose (June), Francesco Molinari (July), Danny Willett (August), Peter Uihlein (September), Craig Lee (October) and Stenson (November).

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