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Henrik Stenson Makes Swede Music to end 2013

Prior to the 2013, the most recognizable Swedish person associated with the PGA tour was Tiger Woods' ex-wife.

Things changed in the fourth quarter of the 2013 PGA campaign. Here's a recap of the last three months of the season that was.


PGA Championship - American Jason Dufner, previously famous for his facial expression in a photo taken at an elementary school he was visiting, was brilliant early and late to take his first ever Major victory, firing a 68-63-71-68 -- 270 to finish 10-under at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Duner's second-round 63 was the real catalyst to his 2-stroke win over Jim Furyk. A pair of Swedes - Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt - finished third and fourth. Furyk's Day One 65 tied him for the lead with Adam Scott, but Dufner came out hitting on all cylinders on the second day.

He was 4-under for the day after just five holes thanks to an eagle on No. 2, and finished with a 7-under 63, the low round of the tournament. The margin of victory was only two strokes because Dufner bogeyed his last two holes on Sunday.

The Barclays - The first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs was as fine a treat for golf fans as could be imagined - three of the four Major winners from the season, not to mention the No. 1 player in the world, finished in the top six, all within two strokes of the lead.

Masters champion Adam Scott came out on top at 11-under, firing a 69-66-72-66 -- 273 to win $1.44 million and 2,500 points. He outdueled a quartet of challengers at 10-under that included US Open champion Justin Rose, No. 1 player Tiger Woods, Graham Delaet and Gary Woodland.

British Open champion Phil Mickelson was one of two players to finish two strokes back at 9-under. Scott was all over the place in the first three rounds, tallying two eagles, 11 birdies, seven bogeys and one double bogey in the first 54 holes.

All of that changed on the pivotal final round Sunday as Scott fired nothing but birdies and pars; hitting three consecutive birdies on holes 5-7 and adding two more on 14 and 16 to secure the win.


Deutsche Bank Championship - After so many near misses during the regular season, Sweden's Henrik Stenson got his due at exactly the right time, firing a 22-under 67-63-66-66 -- 262 to win the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Down four strokes after the opening round, Stenson came back with a second-day 63 in which he hit five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the front nine. He had just three bogeys total on the tournament weekend. Steve Stricker finished second at 20-under, followed by Graham Delaet of Canada at 18-under. Delaet also finished tied for second at the Barclays. Finishing tied for fourth was one of the PGA tour's biggest stories in 2013.

Jordan Spieth, who turned 20 during the 2013 season, shot the tournament's best round, a Day 4 62 to end up five strokes off the lead. Spieth punctuated his huge day with an eagle on No. 18.

BMW Championship - A trio of Americans ran away from the field at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, the best among them Zach Johnson, who fired a 16-under 64-70-69-65 -- 268 to win the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Johnson's opening day 64 and closing day 65 sealed the deal as he fired six birdies on his final 18 holes to finish two strokes ahead of Nick Watney and three ahead of Jim Furyk.

The bigger story almost was that Furyk did not win the tournament, despite becoming just the fifth man in modern history to fire a 59 in a PGA event. After starting the tournament with a 1-over 72 on Thursday, Furyk chalked up one bogey, four pars, 11 birdies and one eagle to achieve the "perfect" round.

He fell back to a pedestrian 1-under 69 on Saturday and was at even par on Sunday to finish 13-under, three strokes back of Johnson, stymied by three bogeys in his final eight holes.

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola - There were a host of different permutations under which Sweden's Henrik Stenson could win the FedEx Cup playoffs, depending on where he finished and where another dozen players finished in the final tournament of the year. Stenson went for the easiest route possible - simply winning the final tournament. Stenson's 13-under 64-66-69-68 -- 267 earned him the $1.44 million paycheck from the event in Atlanta, Georgia, plus another $10 million bonus check.

Stenson was one of just three players to shoot under par on all four days, and his back-to-back opening rounds of 64 and 66 more than set the tone. Stenson won the final by three strokes over Americans Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. For the second time in three tournaments, Spieth came zooming up the leaderboard on the final day of the tournament, this time making up four strokes on Stenson with a final round 64.

Stenson's only rough day was Saturday, where he limped down the back nine with four bogeys, but his 4-under on the front nine balanced it out. In the other three rounds, he shot just three total bogeys.

The Final FedEx Cup Top 10 were as follows:

Henrik Stenson    4,750
Tiger Woods        2,743
Steve Stricker    2,650
Adam Scott        2,278
Zach Johnson    2,238
Matt Kuchar        1,823
Jordan Spieth    1,690
Graham DeLaet    1,415
Phil Mickelson    1,313
Justin Rose        1,300

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