Super Stenson ends wait for win

9/2/2013 11:40:00 PM
Henrik Stenson & Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson & Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)

Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson gained a well deserved first win of 2013 when triumphing by two shots in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

A tremendously consistent performer in recent weeks, Stenson has come close to glory in several tournaments on either side of the Atlantic without quite making it over the line.

That changed today as the Swede recovered from a bogey at the second with six birdies - including three in a row from the fourth - either side of a near two hour delay due to thunderstorms.

When he found a bunker for the first time all week at 17, with Steve Stricker in hot pursuit, Stenson holed out to put the seal on a wonderful performance.

His closing 66 secured an aggregate total of 22 under par and a first win since last November’s SA Open Championship at the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate.

He now tops the FedEx Cup standings in addition to the Race to Dubai.

"Pretty perfect timing, I guess," Stenson said of his rise to the top of the FedEx Cup standings. "There's never a bad time to win a golf tournament, I know that much.

"I'm just pleased I won here," added Stenson, who tied the tournament record at 22-under 262. "This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I'm going to see my kids in a little bit. It's all good.

"I've done enough good results to know I can play this game at a very high level. And not to be able to be anywhere near that standard is frustrating."

Stricker carded 67 to finish second on 20 under, two clear of Canada’s Graham DeLaet, both men picking up shots on the final two holes.

American youngster Jordan Spieth produced an even better finish, going birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle from the 15th in a spectacular 62 that lifted him to 17 under and a share of fourth with Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler and Sergio Garcia.

It was a frustrating final day for Garcia, who quickly ceded his two shot overnight advantage and eventually signed for a 73 containing five dropped shots.

Ian Poulter double bogeyed the 18th to spoil a previously faultless round and end the week tied for ninth on 15 under, two shots clear of US Open Champion Justin Rose.