Henrik Stenson has become the first player since fellow Swede Robert Karlsson in 2008 to win successive Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month Awards.
Stenson, who receives an engraved alms dish and a Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne, followed his success in August by being named The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for September.
The 37 year old claimed the honour during a month when there was a wonderful sequence of winners on The 2013 European Tour International Schedule, with Denmark’s Thomas Björn (Omega European Masters), Holland’s Joost Luiten (The KLM Open), France’s Julien Quesne (70° OPEN D’ITALIA LINDT) and England’s David Howell (Alfred Dunhill Links Championship) all successful in addition to Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant capturing the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship.
Stenson, who won the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola to finish Number One in the FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour, said: “All this success is way beyond what I could have imagined. Since the Scottish Open, it’s been just an incredible run. I’m speechless, but really satisfied.”
Derek Lawrenson, Golf Correspondent of the Daily Mail and a member of The Race to Dubai European Tour Golf of the Year Panel, comprising members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from television and radio, said: “The wise man who came up with the saying ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ would have enjoyed the exceptional month of September for European golf.
“It began with Thomas Björn’s first win for two years at the Omega European Masters, ended with David Howell’s first win for seven years at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and sandwiched in between was renaissance man Henrik Stenson.
“All Ryder Cup players, all have known hard times and yet all have shown reserves of resilience and determination that are the hallmark of players at this level. All are deserving of this award, but in the end the panel went for Stenson for capping his astonishing summer with a marvellous double success in America.”
Chris Wood (January), Darren Fichardt (February), Marcel Siem (March), Raphaël Jacquelin (April), Matteo Manassero (May), Justin Rose (June) and Graeme McDowell (July), all previous recipients of awards this year, will now with Stenson be considered for The 2013 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award.