SHARE
COPY LINK

GOLF

Stenson’s FedEx golf win yields ‘incredible’ payday

Sweden's Henrik Stenson earned the biggest payday in golf by closing with a two-under 68 Sunday to claim two trophies in one day -- The Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title.

Stenson's FedEx golf win yields 'incredible' payday
'Incredible' FedEx golf win gives Stenson historic payday

Stenson finished with a 13-under 267 overall score to beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes at the East Lake course, giving him the Tour Championship and its $1.4 million payout, along with the FedEx Cup title with its $10 million prize.

“To win both these trophies today it feels incredible,” Stenson said.

Stenson became the first European to win both the FedEx Cup and The Tour Championship.

“I hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said. “But this is going to feel better as week goes on.”

Stenson birdied the 15th hole and cruised home with three consecutive pars for his fourth USPGA Tour title.

He also won the FedEx Cup playoffs, vaulting past runner-up and two-time FedEx Cup winner Tiger Woods.

“Ever since Scottish Open it has been an incredible run,” he said. “It was a tough day out there today and I am really satisfied with the way I hung in there.

“I didn’t feel that confident with my game today. I had to battle it a little bit. I had to fight hard mentally.”

Stenson has a half dozen top-three finishes, a share of 33rd and a tie for 43rd at The Barclays since the Scottish Open.

Two years ago Stenson was outside the top 200 in the world and now he will move to the number four position.

“It shows one should never give up and keep on trying harder. I managed to come back from some bad slumps twice,” he said.

Spieth shot a six-under 64 for the second-top score Sunday. That moved him into second place at minus-10 and he was joined there by Steve Stricker, who fired with a 65.

Webb Simpson had the low round of the day, a seven-under 63, which helped him take fourth place at nine-under-par 271.

Dustin Johnson birdied three of the last four holes. He managed a one-under 69 to end in fifth at minus-eight. Johnson would have claimed even more prize money had he not stumbled to a triple bogey at the 17th hole.

Reigning US Open champ Justin Rose posted a three-under 67 to end in sixth at minus-seven. Zach Johnson and Billy Horschel both closed with 68s to share seventh at six-under 274.

Spieth rolled in eight birdies and had two bogeys Sunday. He posted four straight birdies on the back nine, beginning on the par-four 13th.

Spieth ended his rookie season the PGA Tour with one victory and nine top ten finishes.

“I just wanted another good round on Sunday,” said Spieth, who at 20 is the youngest player to have reached The Tour Championship. “I really wanted to play smart golf today and once the putts started falling I thought maybe I have a shot at it.

“My stroke felt really good on back nine today when I was feeling the pressure.”

The world number one Woods carded a three-under 67 and shared 22nd at even-par 280.

Woods entered the PGA Tour season finale atop the FedEx Cup standings, but rounds of 73-71-69-67 took him out of the running at The Tour Championship and left him as the runner-up in the FedEx playoffs.

Woods was left to ponder his fifth consecutive season without a major championship title.

“[I’m] very satisfied,” he said. “I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I’ve done that a few times over the course of my career.

“I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, you know, to add to the win total for the year, it’s always a good thing.”

Defending Tour Champion and FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker shot two-under 68 to tie Hunter Mahan for 20th at one-under 279.

AFP/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

GOLF

Sweden’s Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters

Sweden's Alex Noren came back from a seven-shot overnight deficit to claim a dramatic French Open victory at Le Golf National on Sunday, as the difficult closing stretch of the Ryder Cup course saw a host of challengers slip up.

Sweden's Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters
Swedish golfer Alex Noren holds the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France, as part of the European Tour 2018, on Sunday. Photo: LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP
Fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult had entered Sunday's play with a two-shot lead but struggled through a five-over final round to end in a three-way tie for fifth.
 
World number 16 Noren fired a brilliant four-under 67 to reach seven-under par for the tournament, before sitting back and watching his rivals falter as he won by a single stroke.
 
The 35-year-old will be a key figure for Europe when the Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28, and he showed all his qualities by playing the last three holes in two-under.
 
The big-name pairing of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm both threatened, but the two Spaniards found water at the 18th, while world number two Justin Thomas never seriously contended.
 
Julian Suri, who was looking to become the first American winner of the event since Barry Jaeckel in 1972, went to the 72nd hole on eight-under but made a watery double-bogey, while England's Chris Wood also blew a late lead.
 
That handed Noren, who finished his fourth round 45 minutes before the final group, a 10th European Tour title and first since the BMW PGA Championship in May 2017, when he also fought back from seven shots behind on the final day.
 
Scotland's Russell Knox carded a final-round 65 earlier in the day to finish tied for second with Suri and Wood on six-under — enough to secure him a spot for the British Open at Carnoustie along with Kinhult and Suri.