Stenson claims double Dubai honors in desert stroll

Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:02am EST
 
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - World number three Henrik Stenson blasted a final round 64 to clinch Dubai's DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, also topping Europe's money list for 2013 after his six-stroke victory in the desert finale.

The Swede, who followed up his triumph at the U.S. PGA Tour's end-of-season FedExCup in September, pocketed the $1.33 million first prize and an additional $1 million from the tour's bonus prize pool.

Victory in Dubai - his first on the European Tour this year - caps an amazing turnaround for Stenson, who 12 months ago was ranked outside the world's top 100.

"Winning our final in Dubai in front of all my family and loads of friends, it's a dream finish," said Stenson.

"There have been a lot of small bits and pieces I've addressed with my team and they deserve huge credit in my success," he said, naming his caddy, coach, physio and psychologist.

The 37-year-old began the day on 17-under, four shots ahead of Ian Poulter, his only realistic challenger for the Race to Dubai crown, formerly the European Order of Merit, while France's Victor Dubuisson teed-off on 16-under.

Earlier in the season, Poulter bet Stenson $100 at odds of 10-1 he could overtake his friend on the money list, but Sunday's conditions worked against the Englishman as a sand storm and swirling winds replaced the stifling clear skies of the first three days.

Poulter made a dire start, bogeying the first to drop only his sixth shot of the entire tournament. The 2012 Ryder Cup hero recovered with successive birdies at holes 2-3, but was unable to pressure the serene Swede.   Continued...

 
Henrik Stenson of Sweden poses with his 2013 Race to Dubai trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai November 17, 2013. World number three Stenson blasted a final round 64 to clinch the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, also topping Europe's money list for 2013 after his six-stroke victory in the desert finale. REUTERS/Caren Firouz