Stenson Wins PGA Tour Championship, Earns Major Paycheck

stensonSwedish golfer Henrik Stenson wins PGA Tour’s end-of-season playoffs in Atlanta, earning the biggest paycheck of his career.

$11.4 million victory

The 37-year-old Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over American Spieth and veteran Steve Stricker.

With the win, the Swede received the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus prize along with the $1.44 million prize for winning the tournament.

Stenson became the first European to win the Tour Championship since it started in 1987.

FedEx Cup leader

Spieth ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and briefly pulled to within one shot. However, he caught a plugged lie in the bunker on the 17th to make bogey, and Stenson birdied the 15th to restore his margin.

The win lifts Stenson above previous FedEx Cup leader Tiger Woods, who is tied for 22nd.

Tiger Woods had led the FedEx standings going into the fourth and final playoff competition, but ended up second behind Stenson in the 30-man field.

The world No. 1 said he was happy after getting his best round of the week.

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