NORTON, Mass. – The final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship had something for everyone on Labor Day – mostly a trophy, finally, for Henrik Stenson.
He was runner-up to Phil Mickelson at a major and Tiger Woods at a World Golf Championship, and he tied for third at the PGA Championship to keep climbing in the world ranking. Stenson was doing just about everything right this summer except winning, usually because someone simply played better.
2013 DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Not this time.
Stenson surged past a fast-fading Sergio Garcia with three straight birdies, seized control with a 5-iron into 15 feet for another birdie right before a two-hour afternoon rain delay, and then put away Steve Stricker by holing out from the bunker for birdie late in the final round at the TPC Boston.
He wound up with a 5-under 66 and a two-shot win, and suddenly his summer is looking better than ever.
"Pretty perfect timing, I guess," Stenson said. "There's never a bad time to win a golf tournament, I know that much."
The 37-year-old Swede moved to the top of the FedExCup standings after two playoff events, assuring him his first trip to the Tour Championship and a clear shot at the $10 million prize.
"I'm just pleased I won here," said Stenson, who tied the tournament record at 22-under 262. "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."
Stenson's win was only part of the high drama Monday, so much that Woods became an afterthought. He closed with a 73 and tied for 65th. The best image of him all day was walking back out to the course after a rain delay with he and his 6-year-old daughter Sam dressed in matching red and black.
Brendan Steele thought his season was over when the final round was halted for two hours because of rain. Steele made a birdie putt on the 15th when play resumed, hit a 9-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the 16th and closed with two more birdies to sneak into the top 70 in the FedExCup and advance to the third playoff event in two weeks at Conway Farms north of Chicago.