2013 FedExCup champion: Henrik Stenson
September 15, 2014
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Golf's hottest player for the final month of the PGA TOUR Season and the FedExCup Playoffs, Henrik Stenson finished atop the golf world when he earned the seventh FedExCup title. Stenson, the first European winner of the FedExCup, became the second in as many years to start the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola inside the top 5 and win to lock up the FedExCup. Stenson closed his 2013 campaign with five top-3 finishes in his final seven starts to leave no doubt about who was golf's top player when the stakes were highest. Here's a look at Stenson's season and how he won the FedExCup:
Stenson's reaction to winning the FedExCup
• On winning the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup: "Wow, it's been a great week and obviously a great Playoffs for me. It's been a great season. It's been a great summer. It just keeps on going in that way. And then very, very happy and pleased with this week, of course. It was a lot of things on the line."
• On the FedExCup system: " Well, I mean, the I think the way it turned out now, it was you know, I won twice within the four weeks, and then to win the whole thing it's been a number of years finding that balance. I'm sure you can always look at it from different angles and so on, but I think we've got a system that is very good."
• On potentially winning the FedExCup but not the TOUR Championship: "I think it would have been a tough one. Someone asked me yesterday, I think, if I would have felt it was bittersweet if I won the FedExCup but didn't win the TOUR Championship here this week. Given my position that far into the tournament with such a big lead, it probably would have. But I would have been very, very pleased if I would have only won the FedExCup, of course, also. But I think it's given all the good results I've produced over this period of time that put me right up in the top of things when the playoffs started, and then two wins out of four tournaments is yeah, then I'm sitting here with a Combined trophy."
• On what his return from a lengthy slump means: "I think it says that I never give up. I went from way, way back down in 2001 and got back up to No. 4 (in the world) the week after my win at Sawgrass in 2009. So I'm obviously touching my personal best there. If I keep on playing well, I will have a chance, I guess, later on in the year to be able to improve on that."
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Season in review
A player known for his performances on the big stages, Henrik Stenson had his greatest year yet in 2013. Entering the season, his two TOUR titles came at the 2007 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2009 PLAYERS. He reached new heights this season, however, as he won both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to claim the FedExCup. Stenson, the first European to win the FedExCup, had just four top-20 finishes before the calendar turned to July but played his best when it mattered most. After spending much of the year just inside the FedExCup top 50, Stenson turned it on late going 2nd, T2, 3rd in his last three starts before the FedExCup Playoffs to enter the Barclays at No. 9 in the standings. He lost four spots in the Playoffs opener but surged to the top of the standings with his victory at TPC Boston. In the top 5 for East Lake, Stenson controlled his own fate and left nothing to chance as he cruised to victory in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to secure the FedExCup.
How Stenson got here Breaking down the FedExCup points won and rank after each 2013 start Rank Change in rank Tournament Finish Points earned Points for year Points behind 1 1 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola 1st 2,500 4,750 --- 2 -1 BMW Championship T33 177.5 4,229 123 1 12 Deutsche Bank Championship 1st 2,500 4,051 --- 13 -5 The Barclays T43 125 1,551 2,458 8 4 PGA Championship 3rd 210 1,426 1,633 12 10 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational T2 257.5 1,216 1,815 22 19 The Open Championship 2nd 330 959 1,522 41 -1 U.S. Open T21 47 629 1,751 40 0 the Memorial Tournament T41 26 582 1,763 40 -3 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial T35 33 556 1,784 37 12 THE PLAYERS Championship T5 110 523 1,817 49 -10 Wells Fargo Championship MC 0 413 1,327 39 -1 Masters Tournament T18 54 413 1,327 38 83 Shell Houston Open T2 245 359 1,246 121 41 Arnold Palmer Invitational T8 75 114 1,491 162 7 Puerto Rico Open T39 16 39 1,243 169 -6 The Honda Classic MC 0 23 1,259 163 0 WGC-Accenture Match Play T33 22.5 23 1,259 Playoffs results Year The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW Champ. TOUR Champ. Final FEC Position 2013 T43 1st T33 1st 1st 2012 T54 111th 2007 MC T55 T52 39th Results at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Year Finish Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total To par Money won 2013 WON 64 66 69 68 267 -13 ########