Stenson moves into second in Race to Dubai after Open triumph

Sport360 staff 12:48 18/07/2016
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Henrik Stenson.

Henrik Stenson won his first Major in scintillating style as he claimed a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson at the Open Championship, which saw him overtake Rory McIlroy in second place in the Race to Dubai rankings.

The former Dubai resident, who was already assured of a place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, went toe-to-toe with Mickelson in one of the most fascinating Major championship final round duels in history.

The 40-year-old birdied four of his final five holes for a closing 63 – a new Open Championship record which equaled the lowest round in Major championship history.

His 20 under par total was the lowest Open Championship score in relation to par, eclipsing Tiger Woods’ 19-under-par record set at St Andrews in 2000.

In becoming the the first male player from Sweden to win a Major, Stenson claimed a staggering 1,363,834 Race to Dubai points to take his season total to 2,865,560 points from 10 events, moving to within 300,000 points of leader and Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett.

McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton finished tied-fifth on four-under as they each claimed 273,541, with Garcia and Hatton both breaking into the Race to Dubai top 10 as a result.

Stenson did the clean sweep in 2013 when he clinched both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai and he then successfully defended the tournament title the following year.

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