Stenson claims golf’s richest trophy, the 2013 FedEx Cup.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has been the best golfer in the world for the past three months and he’s been rewarded handsomely for his efforts.
A final round 2-under par 68 at East Lake Golf Club was enough to earn him not just victory at the season ending Tour Championship but a $10 million cheque for winning the 2013 FedEx Cup.
The FedEx Cup is a season long event where golfers on the US PGA Tour earn points to ultimately earn a spot in the 30-man season ending Tour Championship. Coming into the tournament, all 30 players had a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup trophy and the ludicrously large winner’s cheque.
Adam Scott had positioned himself for a good shot at the trophy with consistent golf in a year that included his US Masters victory.
Scott in second place, just four strokes behind Stenson after two rounds this week and was the only realistic chance of beating Stenson to the title as Tiger Woods – the number one ranked golfer coming into the event – faded well down the leaderboard.
However a bout of fever put paid to any hope Scott had of winning.
Scott was forced onto an IV drip before play began on Saturday after a sleepless night of fever and chills. He carded a 4-over par round of 74 to sink well down the leaderboard, effectively ending his chances.
Stenson was sublime though, as he has been all year. The Swede posted four sub-par rounds to win by three strokes from Americans Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth.
He finishes the year with two victories in his last three starts, a second place at The Open Championship, a third place at the US PGA Championship and seven top-10 finishes in 17 starts this year on the US PGA Tour. Simply stunning.
As for the Aussies, Jason Day and Adam Scott both finished in a tie for 14th place.
On Friday night, Adam Scott looked like he would finish the FedEx Cup ranked in 2nd place. Thanks to illness he slumped to 4th place – a difference in prize money of $1.5 million. An expensive illness to say the least.