Golf

Stenson makes history with emphatic win

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Henrik Stenson became the first man ever to win the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup in the same season after the Swede's six-shot victory in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

The 37-year-old followed up Saturday's 67 with a stunning 64 on Sunday that saw him win by an incredible six shots, with a record-setting total of 263 - 25-under par. 

Just like on Friday, when he also shot 64, he was bogey-free all day firing six birdies before an eagle at the 18th ensured he finished his amazing season in style. 

Ian Poulter provided him with his main challenge, but his six-under 66 was only good enough for solo second as Stenson ran out a comfortable winner at the Earth Course on Jumeirah Golf Estates. Turkish Airlines Open winner Victor Dubuisson followed up his breakthrough win with a valiant third-place finish in Dubai.

Ryder Cup trio Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald all finished the European Tour's season with respectable tied-fifth finishes on 15-under - 11 shots back of Stenson. 

The Swede's latest victory was his fifth of the season to cap a remarkable comeback that saw him languishing in 230th of the Official World Golf rankings only two years ago. 

The now world number three said: "It has been an incredible summer for me, the autumn in America was great and now this.

"I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch, especially Ian who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that.

"I don't know how I'm going to to this next year but I'm going to give my best in the majors - and becoming the first male Swedish player to win one would be the icing on the cake."

Stenson finished second and third in the final two majors of the year, as well as winning two of the FedEx Cup play-offs to seal a $6.3million payday. 

With this win, he secured another bumper cheque of £1.3million, and he now hopes to rest before aiming for Tiger Woods' spot at the top of world golf.

"It's going to take a lot more good golf but I am certainly going to keep on trying. 

"Everyone who has won the Race to Dubai has been number one at some point, so it wouldn't be fair to not try," he said. 

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