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Henrik Stenson claims new historic golf double

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is now the number one golfer in Europe after winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai on Sunday in record-breaking fashion.

Henrik Stenson claims new historic golf double
Henrik Stenson takes a shot during the final round of the 2013 DP World Golf Championship. Photo: AP
Henrik Stenson capped a brilliant year on Sunday, winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in record fashion and also becoming the new European number one.
 
The Swede shot a stunning round of eight-under par 64 in blustery condition on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, for a four-day total of 25-under par 263.
 
That beat the previous lowest tournament total by two shots, and matched the largest victory margin by Lee Westwood in 2009.
 
England's Ian Poulter shot a second consecutive six-under par 66 to finish second on 19-under par 269, while France's Victor Dubuisson could not get on a birdie run on the final day and finished third at 17-under par 271 following a round of 71.
 
For Stenson, it amounted to a double-double. He had earlier won the Tour Championship in Atlanta on the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup, and he achieved similar results in the European Tour as well, becoming the first player to win both the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour, and the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour.
 
The 37-year-old will remain the world number three despite the win, but he will close the gap on number two Adam Scott, who won back-to-back events on the Australian PGA Tour by winning the Australian Masters earlier Sunday.
 
Stenson finished the round, and the tournament in great style, hitting a five-wood on the par-5 18th hole to a foot for an eagle.
 
And in between, he hit what he called the 'Shot of the Year', a 5-iron second shot into the wind on the tough par-4 12th hole to a foot for a birdie.
 
"It takes a little time to sink in, same as it was with the FedEx Cup. The feeling gets better and better as time goes on," said Stenson, who won his third tournament of the year and for the eighth time on the European Tour.
 
"To get the double-double of winning the Tour Championship of  both the Tours and the total, that's going to take some beating in the future.
 
"Just very, very pleased with the way I played. I knew it was going to be a tough week, knew the guys would try to keep on charging to try and catch me, so very happy the way I managed may way around the course these four days."
 
Poulter, who was seen waving a white towel to Stenson on the 18th green having lost their personal bet with regards to winning the Race to Dubai, said: "He's beaten me fair and square… I don't know what juice he's drinking at the moment but I want some of that.
 
"He's in phenomenal form and you have to respect it. He has had to work incredibly hard to get where he was to a position he's in today. It's really impressive. I'm very pleased for him. You are witnessing the best golfer on the planet, for sure."
 
Dutchman Joost Luiten was alone in fourth place at 16-under par 272, while three former world number ones and Race to Dubai champions – Lee Westwood (68), Luke Donald (67) and Rory McIlroy (67) – were tied for fifth place at 272.

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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.