Henrik Stenson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake GC to win, not only the tournament, but also the FedEx Cup and its $10,000,000 first prize.
Stenson battled to a closing round of 68 to win by three shots from a fast-finishing Jordan Spieth and veteran Steve Stricker. It was his second title in the FedEx Cup playoffs after he claimed the Deutsche Bank Championship.
He is the first European to win the FedEx Cup and has climbed to fourth on the Official World Golf Rankings. He walked away from East Lake with $11.44 million.
“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.”
20-year-old Jordan Spieth made a good run at the Tour Championship title. He made four straight birdies on the back nine to get within a shot of the Swede. But, the youngster stumbled to a bogey on the last and had to settle for a 64. Although he finished seventh in the FedEx Cup – the best ever placing by a rookie player – Spieth couldn’t conceal his disappointment.
“I was just looking up and seeing that I needed more instead of being satisfied with what happened,” he said.
Steve Stricker closed with an excellent 65 and finished third in the FedEx Cup. He missed makeable putts on both the 17th and 18th holes and, if one of those had dropped, he would have claimed second in the FedEx and picked up an extra $1,000,000.
“I knew that putt meant a lot,” he said. “I didn’t realise it meant that much.”
As it was, Tiger Woods held on to second place in the FedEx Cup. He posted a closing 67 to tie for 22nd spot. Although it was his worst ever placing in the Tour Championship, he could console himself with a cheque for $3 million for second in the FexEx Cup.
Tour Championship by Coca-Cola
East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 19-22, purse $8,000,000, par 70
1 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 64 66 69 68 267 $1,440,000
T2 Jordan Spieth (USA) 68 67 71 64 270 $708,000
T2 Steve Stricker (USA) 66 71 68 65 270 $708,000
4 Webb Simpson (USA) 68 71 69 63 271 $384,000
5 Dustin Johnson (USA) 68 68 67 69 272 $320,000
6 Justin Rose (Eng) 68 68 70 67 273 $288,000
T7 Billy Horschel (USA) 68 70 70 68 274 $264,000
T7 Zach Johnson (USA) 69 68 69 68 274 $264,000
T9 Roberto Castro (USA) 67 71 72 65 275 $227,733
T9 Jason Dufner (USA) 74 70 66 65 275 $227,733
T9 Sergio Garcia (Esp) 68 71 69 67 275 $227,733
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Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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