Henrik Stenson Wins Race to Dubai

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henrik-stenson-2013Rory who? Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has soundly confirmed his position as one of the men to beat in international golf by becoming the first player in the history of the game to win both the Race to Dubai and the Fed Ex Cup in one season. Here’s how he did it and what lies ahead for the world-beating Swede.

Victory under cloudy skies in the race to Dubai. Firing his way to a sensational 35-under-par total with an astonishing bogey-free final round of 64, Stenson won the 2013 Race to Dubai by a country mile, beating Englishman Ian Poulter into second place, 6 shots off the pace. Unprecedented brilliance.

Maybe it was something to do with the weather. Stenson started the final day of the contest just one shot ahead of his nearest rivals. Where cloudless, sunny skies had prevailed throughout the best part of the competition, cloudy skies and breezy weather now rendered the Race to Dubai an entirely more challenging prospect. No wonder we saw a Swede and an Englishman come out as the winner and runner up, given the miserable weather conditions…

Trumping the best of the U.S. for Fed Ex Glory. When Henrik Stenson won out in September’s Fed Ex Cup, he announced his arrival on the world golfing stage as one of the very best players to swing a golf club in 2013. This was a hard fought contest, with Stenson watching a four-point advantage at the outset of the final day slip to a narrow one shot lead over the American talent Spieth – a golfing juvenile at just 20 years old. Salvation for Svenson came when Spieth bogeyed on the 17th, whilst the Swede bagged a crucial birdie on the 15th to stretch out his advantage to three shots – an ample cushion to secure the victory in style. Spieth and fellow American Stricker ultimately tied for second place.

What are the odds on a Major in 2014? Stenson’s recent form has caused the golfing world to consider him as a serious contender for victory at a major in 2014. Up first, The Masters in Augusta. Taking place in April, this tournament will prove a stern test for Stenson’s soaring status. In spite of recent success, he remains an outsider at 20/1, with most bookmakers preferring Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, in that order. For golfing fans who do most of their gambling on online casino sites, the Swede could make a tasty outside bet to introduce you to the world of sports betting!

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