Henrik Stenson blitzed The Earth Course in 7-under-par 31-34=65 to end the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on 12-under 276, good enough for T8 when he signed his card, but more importantly sufficient to confirm his #1 ranking on the 2016 Race to Dubai.
The Swede, who had labored through the first 45 holes of the week, only to find something on the back nine Saturday, maintained that new pace on Sunday. Indeed, having posted five birdies in his last seven holes in round three he repeated the trick to open the final round (at 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7). The irrepressible form stalled with five pars before he made back-to-back red at 13 and 14. An errant tee shot at the par-three 17th led to bogey, but he scrambled for birdie at the last to seal the deal. Should he remain in the top ten by close of play it will be his 11th of a stellar season. The highlight was victory in The Open, a first major championship title, an effort underlined by his second Race to Dubai success. "It has been the best year of my career," he said afterwards. "Maybe not with consistency, but with The Open, the Olympics, and now this win."
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 06:33:00 AM