DP Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson stormed to a four-shot victory in Dubai
Henrik Stenson sauntered to a six-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship, securing the Race to Dubai title.
Last Updated: 17/11/13 7:13pm
In what amounted to a lap of honour, Stenson carded a flawless 64 to see him crowned European No 1 and become the first player to claim that title and the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup in the same season.
Stenson secured victory in the FedEx Cup last month, bagging himself a $10m bonus, with his win in Dubai earning him another million euros on top of his winner's cheque.
He started the day with a one-shot lead over Victor Dubuisson and the Frenchman matched his rival until dropping his first shot of the day at the eighth, handing the Swede a three-shot cushion he never looked like relinquishing.
Ian Poulter had vowed to 'chase down' his great friend and rival from four behind but a bogey at the opening hole set him back, and although he quickly got into red figures he was unable to make any inroads on Stenson - who was making sporadic birdies of his own.
And with Dubuisson also making bogeys at the 10th and 12th it turned into a procession.
A stunning approach to the 12th set up a fifth birdie of the day for Stenson and two glorious hits to the par-five 14th meant another regulation two-putt birdie.
That put him on -23 and six shots clear of the field and although Poulter, a fighter to the end, birdied the last two holes to narrow the deficit the outcome was academic by then.
Stenson's dominance was epitomised at the closing hole when his long second landed just over the creek, rolling to withing 18 inches of the cup and a tap-in eagle to re-establish a six-shot advantage over his nearest rival.
Dubuisson (71) limped home as his putter finally ran cold following last week's shock success in Turkey, however a two-putt birdie at the last secured third place ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten, who closed with a bogey-free 66.
Rory McIlroy overcame a pair of early dropped shots to card a 67, the same number as Luke Donald, as the duo claimed a tie for fifth place on 15 under par alongside fellow Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood (68).