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Stenson's Unpredented Double, A Second Masters for Scott and More
Mid-November is historically a part of golf's Silly Season, but the adjusted PGA Tour schedule and the global nature of the game have combined to add significance to the sport's holiday schedule. This weekend saw the climax of the European PGA Tour's Race to Dubai and a coronation of the world's hottest player; the final event on the PGA Tour's calendar for 2013; and the Australian Masters, which lured the current holder of the American Green Jacket to his homeland for a shot at a Masters two-fer.
Here's a weekend recap in numerical form:
2 Two Tours, two season crowns for Henrik Stenson, who became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour's FedExCup and European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season. Stenson's final-round 64 gave him a six-shot win in the season-ending World Tour Championship Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, clinching the Race to Dubai title. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what I've achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedExCup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," Stenson said after posting six birdies and an eagle. "I have managed to do something very, very special here this week by winning both in America and the Race to Dubai."
7 Since the Scottish Open in July, Henrik Stenson has been on a run that rivals Tiger Woods at his peak. In the 12 worldwide tournaments over that span, Stenson has finished in the top 3 in seven of them, including three wins — the Deutsche Bank and Tour Championship to clinch the FedExCup, and the World Tour Championship to clinch the Race to Dubai.
0 Despite Stenson's staggering turnaround this season — he finished 111th in FedExCup points in 2012 before winning the big prize in 2013 — he will possess exactly zero PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year awards to show for it. That's because the Tour did away with the award after the 2010 season, replacing it with the Courage Award. "The waters got a little muddled when (Steve) Stricker won it in back-to-back years (2006-07),” said Paul Goydos, a member of the policy board. “We had to define what this award would be. We went more along the lines of courage and overcoming something that was difficult."
$21.9 million Stenson's combined earnings on the PGA and European Tours for the 2013 season check in at about $21.8 million — the $10 million bonus for the FedExCup, $6.4 million in season earnings on the PGA Tour, and $5.5 million in European earnings.
2 Adam Scott won in his Australian homeland for the second consecutive weekend, successfully defending his Australian Masters crown the week after winning the Australian PGA. Scott fended off Matt Kuchar and a strong field at Royal Melbourne despite faltering on the back nine and losing a five-shot lead. Scott will shoot for the Australian Triple Crown in two weeks at the Australian Open in Sydney.
29 Harris English played 29 holes on Sunday at the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, pulling away for a four-shot win, his second career PGA Tour victory.