Henrik Stenson has been on fire for most of the summer on the PGA Tour as well as overseas. He just hasn't been able to close the deal with a win until now.
After an early bogie on the second hole, Stenson birdied four out of five holes in the middle part of his front nine to race to the lead. He was clutch late as well, holing out from the bunker on the 17th, which helped seal the deal in holding off Stricker.
Stenson has seemingly been in contention in nearly every event he's played in this late summer, including the last two majors. He finished runner up to Phil Mickelson at the Open Championship, and third at the PGA Championship. He also finished in a tie for second at the Bridgestone Invitational, and led most of the Scottish Open before fading late in the final round there to finish third.
“I'm just pleased I won here,” said Stenson, who tied the tournament record at 22-under 262. “This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes.”
Stenson's win also pushed him past Tiger Woods into the lead in the FedEx Cup points race, with its $10 Million prize awaiting the winner.
Stricker's runner up finish helped him surge all the way from 11th to 7th in President's Cup points, automatically qualifying him for the team when he was on the outside looking in as the week began. Webb Simpson's tie for 53rd pushed him from ninth to 11th and he'll have to count on Fred Couples to add him as a captain's pick.
Rookie 20-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth shot the low round of the day with a 62, helping him to a tie for fourth. Even though he's not qualified automatically for the President's Cup, he's making Couples' decision easy. It will be surprising if he's not added to the team. Couples will announce his decision on Thursday.
The PGA Tour now gives the 70 competitors still alive in the FedEx Cup an one week break before picking it up again at the BMW Championship in Chicago September 12-15.
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