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Stenson confirms 2013 season winning FedEx Cup, Race To Dubai titles

Final Round — European Tour — DP World Tour Championship — Dubai

No disrespect to Tiger Woods, but Henrik Stenson is the best golfer in the world at the moment and clearly the 2013 calendar year Player of the Year.

Stenson capped off an amazing run carding an 8-under round in the finale of the European Tour 2013 schedule to win the DP World Tour Championship by six shots. At 25-under, Stenson outperformed everyone during the Race To Dubai four-tournament series finale. England’s Ian Poulter finished runner-up for the second time in four events. He was two clear of Victor Dubuisson, who won last week at the Turish Airlines Open.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and former World No. 1 players Luke Donald and Lee Westwood finished T-5 but 10 shots back of the leader. Stenson’s secured him the Race To Dubai title to go alongside his FedEx Cup title on the PGA Tour this year.

Although Woods won five times in 2013, Stenson captured the season-long FedEx Cup competition on the PGA Tour winning two playoff events including the Deutsche Bank Championship and TOUR Championship. HeĀ earned a $10 million bonus with FedEx Cup title. He was second to Tiger on the Money List (at around $6.4 million) and his stats backed it all up.

Stenson was best on the PGA Tour in Greens In Regulation and seventh in Driving Accuracy. That combination led him to fifth on tour in the All Around category helping him rise to No. 3 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking behind Woods and Masters champion Adam Scott.

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  • Lexi Thompson (13-under) shot a 5-under-67 in round three to take a one-shot advantage through 54 holes at the LPGA Tour’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. Lexi won her second title just a few weeks ago. I.K. Kim is just a shot back. The tour wraps up the season next week at the CME Group Titleholders event in Naples, Florida.
  • Sweden’s Robert Karlsson is protecting a two-shot lead at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba. The weather-delayed event is now in the final round with Karlsson at 16-under overall just a few holes into the final 18. Former Open champion Justin Leonard headlines a group of eight players at 14-under along with Harris English, Kevin Stadler and Rory Sabbatini.
  • Scott finished 14-under to win the Talisker Masters in Australia — his second straight victory Down Under. He was two ahead of Matt Kuchar. Hall of Famer Vijay Singh was alone in third at 10-under.