Stenson defends in Dubai at DP World Tour Championship, holds off Rory, Rose and Dubuisson

Final Round – European Tour – DP World Tour Championship – Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course – Dubai, United Arab Emirates –

Fending off Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson made birdie on the final two holes to secure a two-shot triumph at the European Tour’s season-finale at the DP World Tour Championship.

Stenson (16-under) defended the title he won by six shots last year, while Rory secured the season-long Race to Dubai title.

The trio of Ryder Cup teammates finished 14-under. Both Rory and Rose failed to birdie the 72nd hole – a par 5 – which would have tied them with Stenson at the time. Dubuisson made four at the final hole to log his fourth runner-up finish of 2014 on the European Tour.

The victory was the first for Stenson in 2014 after winning both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles in 2013. Stenson, who threatened to win at the PGA Championship and overtake the World No. 1 slot, had slipped to 6th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He entered Dubai at No. 4 after a third-place finish at the Turkish Airlines Open last week.

Stenson entered the week as an 8-to-1 betting selection at (just behind Rory as the outright favorite).

Louis Oosthuizen rallied in the final round to shoot 6-under-66 and finish T-6, while Sergio Garcia shot 67 to nearly earn a back-door Top 10 finish.

Other Golf news:

  • Hideki Matsuyama held on to capture the Japan Tour’s Dunlap Phoenix Open in a playoff. Matsuyama, 20th in the world rankings, won the Memorial Tournament earlier this year on the PGA Tour. Jordan Spieth ended up T-3 two back.
  • Adam Scott (8-under) fell one-shot shy in the Australasia Tour’s Beteasy Australian Masters in Melbourne. Scott shot 68 in the final round but it wasn’t enough to catch Nick Cullen. Boo Weekley finished T-15.
  • Some of the best players in the world head to Sydney, Australia next week for the Australasia Tour’s Emirates Australian Open. McIlroy and Scott are the headliners in the field.
  • Julieta Granada (9-under) leads the LPGA Tour’s season-finale at the CME Group Tour Championship by a shot heading into the final round in Southwest Florida. Granada, who has one tour victory back in 2006, has held at least a share of the lead after each round this week. Morgan Pressel and Sandra Gal – both LPGA Tour winners – are in the mix.
  • Lydia Ko, T-5 heading into the final round in Florida at 6-under, is dueling with Stacy Lewis for the Race to the CME Globe title and the $1 million top prize. Lewis is T-11 at 3-under overall through three rounds.