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Stenson makes history with Race to Dubai win

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Henrik Stenson suffered only two bogeys in his four rounds at the World Tour Championship © Getty Images
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Henrik Stenson became the first player to win both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup in the same year after completing a flawless final round of 64 at the World Tour Championship to see off the challenge of Ian Poulter in Dubai.

Stenson has enjoyed a marvellous week at the Jumeirah Golf Estates - where he suffered only two bogeys his four rounds - and was crowned champion after another impressive performance on Sunday, finishing 25-under-par overall and six shots ahead of Poulter.

Brit Poulter had to settle for second in both the Championship and the Race to Dubai following his final visit of 66.

Stenson was doused with champagne at the last, where he finished off his final round in style with an eagle. Turkish Airlines champion Victor Dubuisson finished a further eight shots back for third, while former Race to Dubai winners Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald were tied for fifth.

Two years ago, Stenson was outside the top 200 in the official world rankings; now, after deservedly earning the European No. 1 crown, he has paid tribute to a marvellous year which also saw the 37-year-old finish second in The Open Championship at Muirfield.

"It has been an incredible summer for me, the fall [autumn] in America was great and now this," Stenson said. "It has been a dream season.

"I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch me, especially Ian [Poulter] who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that.

"I don't know how I am going to be able to top this next year but I am going to give my best in the Majors and that [to win one] would be the icing on the cake."

Poulter, who had a $100 bet with Stenson over which of them would win the Race, praised his rival as the "best player on the planet right now".

"I have to take my hat off to him, unbelievable. I tried to run him down as hard as I could but even with a sore wrist he has pressed on and I just could not get close enough," Poulter told Sky Sports.

"Henrik has not made a mistake all week and I just had to make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points. I have thrown a lot at him and given him so much stick, but he is the best player on the planet right now."

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