December 17 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Henrik Stenson was a unanimous choice as the 2013 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year.
Stenson, who won three times around of the world, is the first golfer to win both the FedExCup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season. The Swede's selection was announced on Tuesday at a luncheon in London.
"“It’s a big honor to be voted The European Tour Golfer of the Year,” Stenson said. “It just reflects the stellar year I have had. You can call it a dream season, year of my life, whatever you want. It has been an unbelievable year and I am delighted to win this award, especially as I am the first Swede to do so."
The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year panel, which featured golf journalists as well as TV and radio commentators, also considered several other candidates, including Justin Rose, the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open. But Stenson's season-long performance was just too compelling.
Stenson's stellar year included a victory at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, his second during the FedExCup Playoffs. In fact, he finished third or better in five of his last seven starts on the PGA TOUR starting with solo second at The Open Championship.
Stenson then secured his Race to Dubai title with a six-stroke win at the DP World Tour Championship. He only missed five fairways and four greens during the 72 hole event as he raced to a tournament-record total of 25 under.
“The 2013 season was another remarkable one for European Tour golf and quite simply a dream year for Henrik Stenson," said Derek Lawrenson, chairman of the Association of Golf Writers. "To be the unanimous winner of The European Tour Golfer of the Year in a season which saw Justin Rose win his first major championship really speaks volumes to Henrik’s frightening level of consistency."
“I cannot recall a more devastating performance in a European Tour event than Henrik’s at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. He was playing at a different level to the rest of what was a truly world-class field and is unquestionably The 2013 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year.”
“When Justin Rose won the U.S. Open so brilliantly at Merion I thought well that’s one thing sorted – The European Tour’s Golfer of the Year," Iain Carter of BBC Radio Five Live said. "Little did we know the quite astonishing run of form that Henrik was about to embark on.
"So while Justin’s was the greatest single achievement of the year there can be no question that Henrik Stenson was The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year.”
The Golf Writer's Association of America will reveal its Player of the Year in January during the week of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.