Stenson scales new heights after long road back

Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:14pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Having twice plunged extraordinary depths in his career after scaling impressive heights, Henrik Stenson savored double satisfaction on Sunday after winning both the Tour Championship and FedExCup honors.

The Swede clinched the PGA Tour's season finale by three shots after carding a two-under-par 68 on a hot, muggy afternoon at East Lake Golf Club. He will match his previous high when he climbs to fourth in the world rankings on Monday.

Stenson's fourth career triumph on the U.S. circuit also earned him the eye-popping FedExCup playoff bonus of $10 million and capped an astonishing run of form he has produced since July, featuring six top-threes in his eight starts worldwide.

"Confidence can turn around very quickly in this game, but it can take quite a long time as well," the 37-year-old Swede, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, told reporters after posting a 13-under total of 267.

"Every player, no matter how good or bad you play, you still have to kind of battle certain feelings, certain times, certain shots you don't like, and it's no different for me. It's just been a great summer, way beyond what I could imagine.

"The play that I have performed since mid-July has been incredible," added Stenson, whose purple patch started with the Scottish Open in July and includes two wins, a runner-up spot at the British Open and third place at the PGA Championship.

LONG ROAD

However, it has twice been a long road back for the Swede, who won the biggest title of his career at the PGA Tour's 2009 Players Championship at Sawgrass but struggled for form for much of 2001 and 2002, and again during his 2011 campaign.   Continued...

 
Henrik Stenson of Sweden holds up the FedExCup trophy toward the gallery after winning the the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)