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Friday, 27 September 2013 12:38

Henrik Stenson does the double

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Henrik Stenson made golfing history by becoming the first European to win both the Tour and FedEx cup titles, and meant that betting operators were laughing all the way to the bank as Tiger Woods finished level par for the tournament, tied for 22nd place out of 30 players.

It was an epic weekend of the Swedish player, as Henrik Stenson nearly doubled his PGA Tour career earnings of £8.1m in one swoop! The player picked up £875K for the first prize and a FedEx Cup bonus of £6.3m to make him a happy golfer all round.

Henrik scored a final round of 68 to win the tournament by three shots, with Jordan Speith and Steve Tucker trailing behind. But it was not as easy as the final score suggests, Speith was breathing down the Swedish player on the final day as his four shot lead was quickly reduced to one as Speith had four straight birdies from the 13th. However, Speith stuttered on the 17th, while Stenson held his nerve to birdie the 15th and this proved to be the turning point of the day.

In the end, even Henrik admitted that ‘it was a tough day’ with him quite pleased on the manner in which he ‘hung in there’. As per usual, it was the mental part of the game that proved to be the decisive the factor. The European winner was happy to confirm that he did not feel confident on the last day, and there is no doubt that the occasion, at times got the better of the 37 year old player. However, as he said in his post match interview, he ‘had to battle it a little bit..and had to fight hard mentally’.

As mentioned, the punters and bookies’ favourite Tiger Woods could not make an impression on the day and finished in the back of the field. But there were others who would have expected to do better like Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar. It just goes to prove that golf today is not as predictable as it was years ago, when Tiger ruled supreme!