Henrik Stenson: What the papers say

11/18/2013 1:01:00 PM
Henrik Stenson   (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)

As the fall-out continues from Henrik Stenson's magnficent double triumph in Dubai, europeantour.com takes a look at the best of the media reaction...

The 37 year old Swede carded a flawless closing 64 on Sunday at Jumeirah Golf Estates to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and become the first man to win The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour in the same campaign.

In Global Golf Post, John Hopkins writes: "Henrik Stenson is a knot of contradictions, a naturally left-handed man who plays golf right-handed, a man whose eyes shrink in bright light yet plies his trade in that same light. But there can be no contradicting those of his peers in Dubai last week who said he deserved to be called the best golfer in the world."

BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter says: "An indication of Henrik Stenson's current domination of the golfing world is the fact his caddie now drives a Ferrari," as Stenson's looper Gareth Lord adds: "We are trying to get it into position and nowadays he will hit whatever it takes to get there."

Writing in the Guardian, Ewan Murray reflects that Stenson will be eyeing Tiger Woods' World Number One spot after Race to Dubai win, while the Daily Mail's Derek Lawrenson compares the Swede's performance to that of the American in his prime and asks the question: "Was this the greatest performance in a regular European Tour event?"

Phil Casey, in the Independent, adds: "Stenson also had the added satisfaction of winning $100 from Poulter after keeping the Englishman behind him on the money list," while in the Daily Record, Dale Rankin writes that Stenson can't wait to "lord the win over his pal Poulter."

In the Irish Independent, Karl MacGinty says Stenson's commanding performance "was reminiscent of that by a rampaging young Ulsterman [Rory McIlroy] 12 months ago," while Rick Broadbent, in the Times, writes: "Henrik Stenson does not do squeaky-bum time. His nerves did not jangle, the pressure did not mount, and he merely topped up his tan and bank account in effortless fashion. To paraphrase Mark Twain, you might have termed it the good walk shoo-in."

James Corrigan in the Telegraph, writes of the Swede's sublime three-wood approach to the 72nd hole in Dubai: "Stenson didn't require the wonder shot - he was four clear anyway - but it was as if he wanted a clean sweep of the Race to Dubai records."