Henrik Stenson stepped up to the tee box at the first hole at East Lake Golf Club with confidence. After all, he had a four stroke lead on playing companion Dustin Johnson for the Tour Championship, and a six and seven stroke lead on the two men with the only real shots at overtaking him for the FedEx Cup.
As he glared out on the first fairway, prepping to hit first as was his honor for leading the tournament, the first tee P.A. announcer blared "This is the 1:55 Tee Time…ladies and gentlemen, please welcome from Jupiter, Florida….Dustin Johnson!"….
Stenson stepped back and seemed taken aback by the mistake..which was quickly corrected by the announcer…but no matter. It did seem to bother him. After a couple of practice swings, Stenson sliced his opening drive into the trees making one wonder if the error would bother him and lead him to a poor start.
It did not. Stenson had an opening to the green and promptly faded the ball on to the putting surface on his second shot, where he two putted for par and the game was on.
Stenson played like a man with a four shot cushion in his final round here, not taking many chances and managing the round in workman like fashion, carding a 68 to finish at -13. Johnson didn't put up much of a fight, as the fight came from up ahead, first from 20 year old sensation Jordan Spieth, and then from the ever present Steve Stricker. But Spieth's 64 and Stricker's 65 weren't enough, as Stenson pretty much played the final three holes as sort of a coronation for a champion who is not only playing the best golf of his life, but the best golf anywhere right now.
The victory also moved Stenson all the way up to number four in the World Golf rankings. Pretty impressive for a man who started the year ranked outside the top 200.
"I think it says that I never give up, It's just been a great summer … way beyond what I could imagine. It's obviously the work that I'd done before. It wasn't like you wake up in the middle of July and you start playing fantastic. I put the work in in the spring. And I want to thank my team because I owe them a big part of my success, and they're all working hard for me."
Spieth and Stricker's play netted them a tie for second while Webb Simpson carded the low round of the day with a 63 to finish alone in fourth.
Perhaps the most impressive finish in the FedEx Cup was the final seventh place ranking of soon to be "Rookie of the Year" Jordan Spieth. That is a young man who will begin drawing the types of crowds next year that may eventually win him fame and endorsements that are common for those with this type of talent and charisma. It's a good bet that he'll meet the expectations.
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