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Pro Golf: Stenson wins PGA Tour Championship, $10M FedEx Cup

By Mark Lamport-Stokes, Reuters

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson held his nerve to fend off a last-day charge by Jordan Spieth and win the season-ending Tour Championship by three shots on Sunday, along with PGA FedExCup honors and the mind-boggling $10 million bonus.

Four strokes in front overnight in the fourth and final playoff event, Stenson saw his lead briefly cut to one on the back nine before he birdied the 15th on the way to his fourth title on the U.S. circuit, and his second of the year.

The Swede, one of five players who came into this week knowing that victory would automatically secure him the playoff crown, signed off with a two-under-par 68 on a sun-splashed day at East Lake Golf Club for a 13-under total of 267.

PGA Tour rookie sensation Spieth, seeking his second victory of the year, closed with an eight-birdie 64 to finish in a tie for second at 10 under with fellow American Steve Stricker (65).

“Wow, it’s been a great week and obviously a great playoffs for me,” a beaming Stenson said after being presented with both trophies following his wire-to-wire victory. He also won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month.

“It’s been a great season, a great summer. This is going to sink in over the coming days. What better way to go into a month-long break than this?”

Stenson, the first European player to win either trophy up for grabs at East Lake, will earn a combined $11.44 million for his week as the Tour Championship purse amounts to $1.44 million.

“That’s a fair amount,” the 37-year-old Swede told reporters, after a brief pause to reflect on the numbers. “But it’s definitely the second thing to me right now.

“Having these two trophies, with my fourth time (to win) on the PGA Tour and then to be the FedExCup champion, that means a whole lot more to me than the money.”

American Webb Simpson carded a best-of-the-day 63 to secure fourth place in the elite 30-player field at nine under, a stroke better than compatriot Dustin Johnson (69).

FedExCup points leader Tiger Woods, a distant 14 strokes off the pace overnight, ended his 2013 PGA Tour campaign with a three-under 67 in a tie for 22nd at level-par 280.