Henrik Stenson wins DP World Tour Championship

Henrik Stenson successfully defended his title at the DP World Tour Championship

Henrik Stenson wins DP World Tour Championship
Henrik Stenson wins DP World Tour Championship
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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai for the second year running after a final round of 70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai for the second year running after a final round of 70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Stenson began the last round tied for the lead with Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain, but he fell two shots back after driving out-of-bounds at the 11th.

Cabrera-Bello’s lead was reduced to one shot after he dropped a shot at the 12th, then things fell apart for the Spaniard on the 16th and 17th. He found the water on both holes and a pair of double bogeys cost him a chance of victory. In the end he finished in a tie for ninth place.

Cabrera-Bello’s collapse left the title in Stenson’s hands after the Swede made a superb two at the par-3 17th to move to 15-under-par and back into the lead. Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson all posted four-round totals of 14-under-par, so Stenson was left needing a par on the home hole to win. He closed out in some style, holing a 10-foot putt for a birdie four and a second DP World Tour Championship title.

The victory pushed Stenson to second place on the final Race to Dubai standings and also to second place on the Official World Golf Ranking.

“It feels great,” he said. I had a couple of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that.”

Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished the week alone in fifth, a result that should move him into the top-50 on the Official World Golf Ranking and secure him an invitation to The Masters next April.

“It was one of the goals for me,” he said. “I’m thrilled and I can’t wait until next April.”

DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Nov 20-23, purse $8,000,000, par 72

1    Henrik Stenson (Swe)    68    66    68    70    272   T2    Rory McIlroy (NIR)    66    70    70    68    274 T2    Justin Rose (Eng)        71    66    68    69    274 T2    Victor Dubuisson (Fra)    71    68    67    68    274     5    Shane Lowry (Ire)    66    71    72    66    275 T6    Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)    69    71    70    66    276  T6    Robert Karlsson (Swe)    71    68    68    69    276     T6    Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)    70    68    68    70    276  T9    Branden Grace (RSA)    72    67    68    70    277 T9    Joost Luiten (Ned)    70    69    68    70    277     T9    Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 73    64    65    75    277

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