Deutsche Bank Championship: Henrik Stenson wins by two as Sergio Garcia fades
Henrik Stenson claimed his first PGA Tour win since 2009 with a two-shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 5:27pm
Stenson started the final round two behind Sergio Garcia but made his move with four birdies in five holes from the fourth.
He returned from a delay due to lightning in the area to complete a closing 66, sealing the win by holing from a bunker for birdie at 17 and three-putting for par at the last.
Stenson's 22-under-par total equalled the tournament record and moves him above Tiger Woods into first place in the FedEx Cup play-off standings with two events remaining.
It was also a deserved title after an excellent run of form that saw Stenson finish in the top three at the Open, Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship. His last win in America came at the Players Championship four years ago.
"I just played a little bit better in the final round and I'm really pleased with the way I bounced back," said Stenson.
"I got off to a bad start (bogeying the second hole)... but I came back with three straight birdies on four, five and six to put me back into the ball-game. I made some nice putts today and just kept it going. I have been playing nicely for a long time."
Veteran American Steve Stricker's 67 was enough for second on 20-under-par, with Canadian Graham DeLaet (69) in third, two strokes further back.
Stricker's efforts earned him a place on the United States' Presidents Cup team for the biennial match against the Internationals at Muirfield Village in October.
Garcia faded with four bogeys on the front nine in his 73, which left the Spaniard tied for fourth alongside a trio of Americans - Jordan Spieth (62), Matt Kuchar (66) and Kevin Stadler (68).
PGA Tour rookie Spieth's nine-under 62 was the low round of the week.
There was plenty of excitement further down the field as everybody scrambled to stay inside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings in order to earn a place at the BMW Championship (Sep 12-15).
Brendan Steele birdied his last four holes to make the grade, while Ernie Els survived by a fraction of a point.
The final automatic place in the United States' Presidents Cup team went to Zach Johnson thanks to a 25-foot birdie putt at the 18th. Johnson's 66 was good enough for a 10-under-par total overall and a tie for 27th place.