Norton, Mass. (Sports Network) — Henrik Stenson shot 5-under-par 66 on Monday and secured a 2-stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Stenson had come close this season, posting runner ups at the British Open and the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational in consecutive starts, but he broke through at soggy TPC Boston, finishing 72 holes at a tournament record-tying 22-under- par 262. In addition to earning his third PGA Tour win (and first since 2009), the Swede also assumed the top spot in the FedExCup standings from Tiger Woods, who carded a 73 on Monday and tied for 65th place at 4-under 280.
“I’m just pleased I won here,” said Stenson. “This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I’m going to see my kids in a little bit. It’s all good.”
Steve Stricker posted a 67 in the final round, which featured a pair of weather delays, and finished alone in second at 20-under 264. With his $864,000 payday, the 46-year-old jumped from 11th to seventh in the Presidents Cup standings and earned a spot on the U.S. team.
Canadian Graham DeLaet shot 69 and took third at 18-under, while overnight leader Sergio Garcia stumbled to a 73 and ended in a tie fourth place with Matt Kuchar (66), 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (62) and Kevin Stadler (68) at 17- under 267.
Zach Johnson birdied his last hole to wrap up a final-round 66 and a tie for 27th at 10-under, which allowed him to hold onto the 10th and final automatic qualifying spot for the Presidents Cup.
“I stayed in my process,” said Johnson. “I stayed just playing and hitting shots. I had a good day today. I missed some short putts, but I made some long putts. It was an odd day.”
Webb Simpson was not as fortunate. Ranked ninth entering this event, Simpson shot 70 on Monday while playing alongside Johnson and dropped out of the top 10 in the standings.
Garcia held both the 36 and 54-hole leads, but he had five bogeys on Monday and squandered his 2-stroke overnight advantage. As the Spaniard slid down the leaderboard, Stenson asserted himself, recovering from a bogey at No. 2 with four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the fourth. That run allowed Stenson to grab a 3-stroke lead through eight holes before play was halted for the second time due to continued rain.
After the two-hour delay, Stricker birdied the ninth to move within a pair of the lead, but Stenson promptly pushed his advantage back to three with a 32- foot birdie make at the 11th.
Stricker, playing a group ahead of Stenson, parred seven straight around the turn, then closed strong, kicking in a 6-footer for birdie at the 17th to again pull within a pair.
Once again, Stenson had an answer, as he holed out from a greenside bunker at No. 17 to reach 22-under.
Stricker notched another birdie at the last, but Stenson calmly parred the hole to wrap up the victory.