Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson takes title to scoop FedEx Cup jackpot
Last Updated: 23/09/13 10:43am
Henrik Stenson celebrates on the 18th green
Henrik Stenson walked off with a cool $11.4m after victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta secured him the FedEx Cup.
Stenson, the leader since day one in the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake, kept a lively chasing pack at bay by posting a final round 68 to finish at 13-under, three shots clear of Americans Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
The Swede, who had led by nine shots at the turn on Saturday, saw that lead whittled down to just one after an electric burst of seven birdies in 10 holes by 20-year-old Spieth.
(US unless stated)
-13 H Stenson (Swe)
-10 J Spieth
-10 S Stricker
-9 W Simpson
-8 D Johnson
-7 J Rose (Eng)
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But he held his nerve down the stretch to secure the $1.4m first prize for winning the Tour Championship plus the mighty $10m bonus prize for winning the FedEx Cup.
Stenson started the final day with a four-shot lead and had extended that to five at the turn after a solid outward nine of one-under 34.
Another birdie at 11 strengthened his position although by that stage Spieth had already started to press the accelerator.
The youngster birdied seven, eight and nine to turn in 32 and then went on a superb run on the back nine to add four more in a row from the 13th.
Lead down to one
When Spieth birdied 16 and Stenson bogeyed 14 - his only blemish of the round - the lead was down to just one shot.
But, in truth, the idea of an incredible turnaround lasted for just a fleeting moment. Spieth came up short with his approach to 17 and bogeyed from a poor lie in the sand while Stenson calmly birdied the par five 15th to give himself a three-shot cushion again.
The 37-year-old, who finished runner-up in The Open at Muirfield two months ago, made solid pars at 16 and 17 and closed out victory with an up-and-down from sand at the par three last.
Stricker made a late bid for glory when he holed an eagle putt from 20 feet at 15 to move within two.
But Stenson's birdie on that same hole left him too much to do and Stricker, who signed for a 65, could only par in to match Spieth's 10-under.
Dustin Johnson, who started the day as Stenson's nearest rival, cut the gap to three early on with a birdie at the third and was tied second with two to play before he triple-bogeyed the 17th.
A two at the last gave him fifth place on eight-under. Webb Simpson finished alone in fourth after a closing 63 - the best round of the day.
Tiger Woods shot his lowest 18 of the week, a 67, to finish tied 22nd of the 30-man field. Nevertheless that was still enough for the world number one to finish second in the final FedEx Cup standings.