Henrik Stenson capped a tremendous season on the PGA Tour on Sunday as he won the Tour Championship in Atlanta and secured the lucrative FedEx Cup in the process.
The Swede had led since the opening day of the season finale, and at one stage held a nine-shot lead, but the chasing pack kept him alive as Americans Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker finished in a tie for second and three shots back.
Stenson started the final day with a four-shot lead and played solid, sensible golf on the outward nine, managing to extend his lead to five shots. A further birdie at 11 helped to strengthen his position, but young Jordan Spieth was already on the charge.
When the 20-year-old birdied the 16th and Stenson bogeyed the 14th, their was only one shot of a difference between the two but Stenson's lead was never really under threat, as a birdie at the par-5 15th and a bogey for Spieth on 17 restored his three-shot advantage.
Pars at the 16th and 17th were followed by another at the last as the 37-year-old secured the $1.4 million first prize for winning the Tour Championship and became the first European to take the $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
“It was a tough day, especially with so many things going on at the same time here,” said Stenson following his win. “At the end of the day it was all about going out there and trying my best and try to win this golf tournament because then I knew I was going to leave with two trophies.
“That was the hard bit to put everything aside, as always, and focus on the right things. I didn't play my best round today, but I was hanging in there tough and making the saves when I needed to. I was very, very pleased with the way I was performing today.”
“This run I've had since the Scottish has been unbelievably solid and consistent. This is obviously the highest of everything, to win the FedEx Cup and win the Tour Championship and win the Deutsche Bank two weeks ago. It's been unbelievable."