Sweden`s Henrik Stenson named European Tour golfer of the year

Johannesburg: Sweden`s Henrik Stenson has crowned a remarkable season on Tuesday when he was named the European Tour`s Golfer of the Year for 2013, according to reports.

According to Sport24, the 37-year-old, the first man from his country to win the award, made history this year by winning both the FedEx Cup and The Race to Dubai-the order of merit competitions in the United States and Europe.

Stenson won his first European tour title in 2001, but he had to go through two career slumps-the latter of which, in 2011, left him ranked 230th in the world-before bouncing back in style, the report said.

His other stand-out performances in 2013 included a share of third place at the Scottish Open, followed by runners-up finishes at The Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and third place in the US PGA Championship in the space of just five weeks, the report added.

He then won the second FedEx Cup play-off event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, before triumphing in the Tour Championship in Atlanta to seal the overall title and a $10 million bonus, the report further said.

Though plagued by a wrist injury, he played in all four tournaments in the European Tour`s inaugural Final Series, surging to a six-shot victory in Dubai with a tournament-record score of 25 under par, the report mentioned.

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