Call: +353 1 5313 313

For a Free Call Back Email Us

Latest News

Latest News

Stenson hits FedEx Cup Jackpot

Swede walks away with $11.44 million



Henrik Stenson knows better than most players how it feels to go from the depths of a slump to the elite in golf.

He's done it twice now and the second time was sweeter -- and richer -- than ever.

Not even among the top 200 players in the world two years ago, Stenson capped off the best three months of his career with a command performance Sunday in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to earn his second victory of the FedExCup Playoffs and win golf's biggest prize -- the FedExCup.

With a birdie to thwart a late charge by Jordan Spieth, followed by three pars from the sand, the 37-year-old Swede closed with a 2-under 68 on Sunday for a three-shot victory at East Lake.

"It shows that I never give up," said Stenson, who also moves to No. 4 in the world. "This is way beyond what I could have imagined."

Even with a four-shot lead, the final round was a battle. There were two trophies on display on the first tee. He knew he could still win the FedExCup even if he didn't win the TOUR Championship. Ultimately, he figured good golf would take care of everything, and it did.

Stenson became the first player to win the TOUR Championship wire-to-wire with no ties since Tom Watson in 1987, the first year of this 30-man showcase.

Spieth made him work for it.

The 20-year-old Texan left one last impression on his remarkable rookie season by running off four straight birdies on the back nine at East Lake to pull within one shot after Stenson went well over the 14th green and made his long bogey.

Stenson could hear the cheers and knew what he faced over the last four holes.

"I'm not just a pretty face. I can put 1-and-1 together," the Swede said with his dry humor.

He drilled a 3-wood into the fairway on the par-5 15th that set up an 8-foot birdie. Ahead of him on the 17th, Spieth was between clubs and chose to hammer a 9-iron that he caught heavy enough that it plugged in the front bunker. He made bogey and had to settle for a 64.

"I was just looking up and seeing that I needed more instead of being satisfied with what happened," Spieth said of his four straight birdies.


Spieth wound up No. 7 in the FedExCup, the highest ever for a rookie, which is even more impressive considering he started the year without status on any tour.


The last challenge came from Steve Stricker, who rolled in an eagle putt on the 15th hole to get within two. Stricker saved par behind the 16th green, and then missed two birdie chances from about 18 feet on the last two holes for a 65. He tied for second with Spieth.


Stricker didn't realize that making any of those last two putts would have been worth an extra $1 million for finishing second in the FedExCup. He only cared about winning, knowing he needed birdies and for Stenson to make a mistake.


"I knew the putt meant a lot. I didn't know it meant that much," he said with a smile. He finished third in the FedExCup and received a $2 million bonus.


Stenson, who finished at 13-under 267, became the first European to win the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup. He walked away with $11.44 million -- $10 million for the FedExCup ($9 million of that in cash) and $1.44 million for winning the TOUR Championship.


His amazing summer began with a tie for third in the Scottish Open. Stenson followed with a runner-up at the British Open and the World Golf Championships-Bridgeston Invitational, third place at the PGA Championship and a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.


"Obviously, the work was done before," Stenson said. "It's not like I woke up in the middle of July and played fantastic."


The TOUR Championship was his second win in three tournaments of the FedExCup Playoffs.


"Since the Scottish Open, it's been just an incredible run," he said. "I'm speechless. It was a tough day out there. To hang in there the way I did, I'm really satisfied. ... It hasn't quite sunk in yet. I had to fight hard mentally to keep all this aside, and I managed to do that. It's going to feel better as the week goes on. I'm pretty sure about that."



Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed going into the TOUR Championship, never recovered from his 73-71 start. He closed with a 67 to tie for 22nd, his worst finish ever at East Lake, and wound up second in the FedExCup. That still was worth a $3 million bonus.

For much of the day, no one got closer to Stenson than three shots, and he answered that early challenge with an 8-iron to an elevated green to 2 feet for birdie at No. 7. The TOUR Championship came to life in the final hour, though, thanks to the youngest player in the field.


Fearless as ever, Spieth began a run of birdies starting on the 13th hole that not only moved him into second place, it put pressure on Stenson not to drop any shots. Stenson's only bogey came on the 14th, when he caught a flyer over the green and missed a 20-foot putt.


"Henrik obviously was playing phenomenal golf," Spieth said. "I felt like once a few putts started falling, we have a shot at it."


Webb Simpson had the low round of the tournament with a 63 to finish fourth.


Stenson, who only last week smashed a driver and his locker at the BMW Championship out of frustration brought on by playing so much golf, finally gets a break. He was headed to his home in Orlando, Fla., for a four-week break before returning in Shanghai.


Next up: A chance to become the first player to win the FedExCup on the PGA TOUR and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour in the same season.


Top 100

Ireland's Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses – What are the best courses to play?' more


to our newsletter

Get latest updates, offers and more

Why choose


Goodie bags, Prizes, 24 helpline, Apres Golf, Daily Contact, Meet and Greet. more

Thank you for taking us to Ireland. Words cannot describe how honored and grateful we are to be part of such a special family. With that said, you have inspired me. Bottom line, I will never forget your passion, drive and commitment to the cause of our Warriors and Freedom. Thank you for your support! Best to you and your families. God Bless Ireland.
Major Ed Pulido US Army Retired

Latest News

Wu secures second European Tour title in Austria

Makes European Tour history as the first Chinese player to record multiple European Tour victories

Read More

More Articles

Berger wins first TOUR event at FedEx St Jude Patience pays off for Brooke Henderson as she captures first major title GB&I defeat U.S. in the Curtis Cup Darren Clarke will skip the U.S. Open at Oakmont
Privacy Statement
Terms & conditions © 2012 Golfdigestirishtours.comWeb Design by Active Online

Golf Digest Irish Tours Website – We provide all types of Irish golf packages, Irish golf tours and Irish golf trips. We can put any type of Irish golf package together, which will make you Irish golf trip very special, indeed. We have various Irish golf packages already put together based on the region you will be staying. But if you have your own 'must play courses' for your Irish golf trip, we can schedule your entire Irish golf tour around these great courses and custom a special Irish golf package for you and your group.