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Henrik Stenson became the first man to win The Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same season following his comprehensive six-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The 37-year-old Swede sealed the FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour courtesy of his Tour Championship win in September and he then set about looking to finish top of the money list to become the European number one this side of the Atlantic.
A win at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates was required to achieve Stenson’s aim, while Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter were hoping for him to slip up so they could pounce for top spot.
However, after taking a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round, Stenson never looked back as he finished in style with a tap-in eagle at the 18th to card an impressive closing 64 for a tournament total of 25 under par.
Stenson told the European Tour website: “It has been an incredible summer for me, the fall (autumn) in America was great and now this. It has been a dream season.
“I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch me, especially Ian who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that.
“I don’t know how I am going to be able to top this next year but I am going to give my best in the Majors and that (to win one) would be the icing on the cake.”
Poulter pushed Stenson all the way as he took second following a final-round 66, while France’s Victor Dubuisson was two shots further back in third. Dutchman Joost Luiten finished fourth and former world number ones Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood shared fifth.