Golf weekend recap: Henrik Stenson makes history

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With Sunday's win in the DP World Tour Championship Dubai, Henrik Stenson became the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
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Typically, we lead with PGA Tour news to start off the weekend recap, but in this case, we're forced to make a special exception, seeing as Henrik Stenson accomplished something that's never before been done.

The 37-year-old Swede romped to an impressive six-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship Dubai on Sunday, becoming the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season.

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As if that wasn't special enough, Stenson finished it all off in style too, with a tap-in eagle on the 72nd hole at Jumeirah Golf Estates, thanks to an incredible second shot into the par-5 closing hole for an 8-under 64. That score was two shots better than Ian Poulter -- the runner up -- who had the next-best score on Sunday.

"To achieve the double-double if you liken winning the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai on top of winning the PGA Tour Championship to capture the FedExCup takes some beating, I guess," Stenson said.

"I am just very, very pleased with the way I played," he sadded. "I knew it was going to be a tough week as I knew the guys like Justin (Rose) and Ian (Poulter) would come charging at me and try to catch me."

There's little rest for the European Tour. While the 2013 season ended on Sunday, the 2014 season begins Nov. 21 with the South African Open Championship hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.

And now, on to more golf...

AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: The victory parade -- incredibly -- marches on for 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott. The 33-year-old made it two wins in two weeks in his homeland of Australia, capturing the Talisker Masters on Sunday, winning by two shots over Matt Kuchar at Royal Melbourne.

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It was a successful title defense for Scott, who also won the tournament in 2012. Two weeks ago, Scott won the Australian PGA Championship.

Scott, the No. 2-ranked player in the world and the first Aussie to win the Masters, is hoping to join countryman Robert Allenby (2005) to pull off Australia's Triple Crown with a win at the Emirates Australian Open, beginning Nov. 28.

For now though, Scott's focus will again be on Royal Melbourne this week, where he teams up with Jason Day in the World Cup of Golf.

PGA TOUR: Thanks to a 6-under 65 in Sunday's final round at El Camaleon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Harris English picked off his second career PGA Tour win with a four-stroke triumph over Brian Stuard in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

English's last win came in June at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

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English told reporters he was much more comfortable on Sunday in Mexico than he was in the final round in Memphis.

"I guess I found something in my swing -- a little swing key that helping me out," English said. "I hit the ball really well all week. It got a little windy the first two days and I struggled a bit with my driver, but I found it down the stretch."

The 2014 PGA Tour season resumes on Jan. 3 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.

LPGA TOUR: Lexi Thompson is a winner on the LPGA Tour for the third time in her career and the second time in her last four starts.

On Sunday, the 18-year-old Thompson held on for a one-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The LPGA wraps up its season with the CME Group Titleholders, beginning Nov. 21.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.