Stenson named European Tour player of the year

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. AFP PHOTO

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. AFP PHOTO

LONDON: Sweden’s Henrik Sten-son crowned a remarkable season on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when he was named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year for 2013.

The 37-year-old, the first man from his country to win the award, made history this year by winning both the FedEx Cup and The Race to Dubai—the order of merit competitions in the United States and Europe.

“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.”

Stenson won his first European tour title in 2001, but he had to go through two career slumps—the latter of which, in 2011, left him ranked 230th in the world—before bouncing back in style.

His other stand-out performances in 2013 included a share of third place at the Scottish Open, followed by runners-up finishes at The Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invi-tational and third place in the US PGA Championship in the space of just five weeks.



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