Stenson storms to Deutsche Bank win

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Norton, MA (Sports Network) – Henrik Stenson shot 5-under-par 66 on Monday and
secured a 2-stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg
of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Stenson had come close this season, posting runner ups at the British Open and
the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational in consecutive starts, but he broke through
at soggy TPC Boston, finishing 72 holes at a tournament record-tying 22-under-
par 262. In addition to earning his third PGA Tour win (and first since 2009),
the Swede also assumed the top spot in the FedExCup standings from Tiger
Woods, who carded a 73 on Monday and tied for 65th place at 4-under 280.

“I’m just pleased I won here,” said Stenson. “This was a big goal of mine to
win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I’m
going to see my kids in a little bit. It’s all good.”

Steve Stricker posted a 67 in the final round, which featured a pair of
weather delays, and finished alone in second at 20-under 264. With his
$864,000 payday, the 46-year-old jumped from 11th to seventh in the Presidents
Cup standings and earned a spot on the U.S. team.

Canadian Graham DeLaet shot 69 and took third at 18-under, while overnight
leader Sergio Garcia stumbled to a 73 and ended in a tie fourth place with
Matt Kuchar (66), 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (62) and Kevin Stadler (68) at 17-
under 267.

Zach Johnson birdied his last hole to wrap up a final-round 66 and a tie for
27th at 10-under, which allowed him to hold onto the 10th and final automatic
qualifying spot for the Presidents Cup.

“I stayed in my process,” said Johnson. “I stayed just playing and hitting
shots. I had a good day today. I missed some short putts, but I made some long
putts. It was an odd day.”

Webb Simpson was not as fortunate. Ranked ninth entering this event, Simpson
shot 70 on Monday while playing alongside Johnson and dropped out of the top
10 in the standings.

Garcia held both the 36 and 54-hole leads, but he had five bogeys on Monday
and squandered his 2-stroke overnight advantage. As the Spaniard slid down the
leaderboard, Stenson asserted himself, recovering from a bogey at No. 2 with
four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the fourth. That run allowed Stenson
to grab a 3-stroke lead through eight holes before play was halted for the
second time due to continued rain.

After the two-hour delay, Stricker birdied the ninth to move within a pair of
the lead, but Stenson promptly pushed his advantage back to three with a 32-
foot birdie make at the 11th.

Stricker, playing a group ahead of Stenson, parred seven straight around the
turn, then closed strong, kicking in a 6-footer for birdie at the 17th to
again pull within a pair.

Once again, Stenson had an answer, as he holed out from a greenside bunker at
No. 17 to reach 22-under. Stricker notched another birdie at the last, but
Stenson calmly parred the hole to wrap up the victory.

NOTES: The top 70 in the FedExCup standings advanced to the third playoff
event, the BMW Championship, which takes place Sept. 12-15 … Stenson’s other
PGA Tour wins came at the 2007 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship and the
2009 Players Championship … Stenson tied Vijay Singh’s 72-hole tournament
record, which the Fijian set in 2008.