Henrik Stenson goes low to win Wyndham Championship

The Swede closed with a 64 to win by one at Sedgefield Country Club

Henrik Stenson wins Wyndham Championship
Henrik Stenson wins Wyndham Championship
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Henrik Stenson claimed his sixth PGA Tour victory with a steely display in the Wyndham Championship. The Swede closed with a 64 to finish 22-under-par, one clear of Ollie Schniederjans of the USA.

Henrik Stenson produced a superb back nine at Sedgefield CC to win the Wyndham Championship by a single shot from Ollie Schniederjans and claim his first PGA Tour title since the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Stenson was tied with young Schniederjans through 14 holes but the Swede put his foot to the floor with three birdies in a row from the 15th. But the 24-year-old former Georgia Tech player wasn’t done. He birdied the final hole to get within one of Stenson. That meant the Swede had just a one-shot cushion coming to the final hole. He kept his cool though and secured the par he needed for the victory.

"I had to keep on making birdies," Stenson said, "because Ollie was surely not backing down. I thought I had a two-shot cushion ... and as I walked over (to the 18th hole and) looked around, `Oh, OK, (Schniederjans) birdied it as well. So I better scramble a par here to get the win."

Webb Simpson took third place ahead of three players tied for fourth – Ryan Armour, Kevin Na and Rory Sabbatini.

3 Talking points from the Wyndham Championship

1 – Stenson’s sixth PGA Tour title was a timely one. It comes just before the FedEx Cup playoffs get underway and the Swede is now in a strong position to launch his bid for a second FedEx Cup title – He won in 2013. "It's certainly a good time to start firing," Stenson said. "We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs. ... If you get hot and keep on playing well, you have a chance to challenge." Stenson is now 23rd on the FedEx Cup standings, up from 75th. He has climbed to sixth place on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Henrik Stenson swing sequence:

2 - The other battle at Sedgefield was between those players trying to qualify for the playoffs beginning at The Northern Trust Open next week. The top 125 on the points list make it in. Geoff Ogilvy, who was 125th, finished at 11-under at Sedgefield and earned enough points to move to 116th. Martin Flores, who started 139th jumped to 118th and made the playoffs for the first time since 2014. J.J. Henry, Harold Varner III and Rory Sabbatini also played their way into the top 125. "I was very aware of where I was all day but I knew that I needed to be somewhere inside the top 10," Flores said. "So I was able to get off to a great start and I was able to just keep it going all day."

3 – There were three aces during the final round at Sedgefield CC. Roberto Castro made one on the 3rd then Ben Crane got one on 16th and Martin Flores holed his tee shot to the same hole later in the day.

Wyndham Championship Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, North Carolina Aug 17-20 Purse: $5,800,000 Par: 70

1       Henrik Stenson (Swe)   62     66     66     64     258   $1,044,000 2       Ollie Schniederjans (USA) 66  63     66     64     259   $626,400 3       Webb Simpson (USA)    63     64     68     67     262   $394,400 T4     Ryan Armour (USA)       66     61     72     64     263   $239,733 T4     Kevin Na (USA)             67     63     65     68     263   $239,733 T4     Rory Sabbatini (RSA)     65     68     66     64     263   $239,733 T7     Martin Flores (USA)       64     70     68     63     265   $180,766 T7     Cameron Smith (Aus)    63     69     70     63     265   $180,766 T7     Shane Lowry (Ire)         67     64     67     67     265   $180,766 T10   Davis Love III (USA)      64     66     67     69     266   $145,000 T10   Harold Varner III (USA) 63     68     66     69     266   $145,000 T10   Richy Werenski (USA)    67     66     64     69     266   $145,000

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

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