Henrik Stenson defended his title at the DP World Tour Championship
Dubai - During a week where the Race to Dubai Series had already
been won by Rory McIlroy, the golf itself took center stage at the DP
World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Needing only two putts from 10 ft on the 72nd hole, Stenson sank the birdie
for a final round 70, and a total score of 16 under par - a two stroke victory
over McIlroy (68), Justin Rose (69) and Victor Dubuisson (68) ) . . . but it
wasn't without some drama.
Stenson found some trouble on the back nine, hitting his tee shot
out of bounds on the 11th, that led to Spaniard Cabrera-Bello
holding a two-shot advantage, but a spectacular 5 iron on the
par 3 - 17th produced a tap-in birdie to once again seize the lead.
McIlroy and Rose both missed birdie putts on the last to post 15
under, failing to add any pressure to Stenson coming in. Dubuisson
made birdie to reach a tie with Rose & McIlroy after nearly holing out
from a greenside bunker.
Stenson seemed more relieved than anything afterwards:
"It feels great, I'm exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there
and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking
hole on 11. I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and
instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank
straight into the buildings. That knocked me back but I did not give up.
I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple
of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close
but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that."
It was the Swede's first career title defense, and moves him to #2 in the Official
World Golf Rankings.
2012 & 2014 Race to Dubai Champion - Rory McIlroy
Lydia Ko celebrates a big day at the CME Tour Championship at Tiburon
Naples, Florida - 17 year old New Zealander, Lydia Ko won the richest event in LPGA
history at Tiburon. Ko's 4-under par 68 won the inaugural "Race to CME Globe" and
the $1 million bonus. When she won the Tour Championship with a par on the fourth
playoff hole - she earned another $500k.
"When I saw that $1 million in the box I was like, 'Wow, I wonder who the winner of
that will be?'" she said. "I've never see that much cash in one place before."
Ko knew before the playoff that the $1 million bonus was hers, but the playoff for the
Tour Championship was still to be decided between Ko, Carlota Ciganda of Spain and
Julieta Granada of Paraguay.
Granada was the first to be eliminated when she three putted from just off the 18th
green on the second playoff hole. On the fourth playoff hole, Ciganda pulled her
approach into the hazard, took her drop and chipped to 5 ft. Ko, only needing two putts
calmly did just that for her 5th victory before the age of 18, and a $1.5 million dollar