Henrik Stenson defended his DP World Tour Championship golf title in dramatic fashion on Sunday, making two birdies on the final two holes to win by two shots.
A final-round two-under-par 70 gave world No.4 Stenson a final tally of 16-under 272 – two better than his three Ryder Cup teammates – world No.1 Rory McIlroy (68), seventh-ranked Justin Rose (69) and No.22 Victor Dubuisson (68).
Ireland’s Shane Lowry (66) was fifth place at 13-under, while England’s 22-year-old Tyrell Hatton (70), Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (69) and South African Louis Oosthuizen (66) were tied sixth on 12-under in the $US8 million ($A8.65 million) event.
The Swede seemed to have put himself out of contention with a rare blunder, slicing his tee shot with an iron out of bounds for a double-bogey six on the par-4 11th hole.
Stenson was tied with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello until then, but conceded two shots to his consistent playing partner.
He then made a crucial 12-foot putt for par at the 12th, while Cabrera-Bello ended up with a bogey and the lead was down to one.
Still leading by one shot after 15 holes, Cabrera-Bello’s chances met a watery grave on the par-4 16th, when he found the fairway bunker off the tee and ended with a double-bogey after hitting his third shot into the water.
The Spaniard was out of the race when he hit his tee shot into water on the par-3 17th for another double-bogey.
However, neither could take advantage of their tee shots on the par-5 18th, and were joined on 14-under by Dubuisson, who picked up a shot on the last.
Stenson wins $US2.13 million ($A2.3 million) and a bonus $US800,000 ($A865,000) for his second in the Race to Dubai.
“It feels great. I’m exhausted to say the least.
“Again, it was hot out there, and it was a tricky day. On the back nine, the wind picked up and I didn’t play my best, and I had a shocking hole on 11 and that kind of put me back. But I didn’t give up.
“I was hanging in there and made a couple of important par putts on 12 and 16. That kind of kept me in the ballgame and hit it to a foot on 17, and had a one-shot cushion up the last there and hit a lovely pitching wedge that secured it.”
The new European No.1 McIlroy said he would have been surprised if he had won the tournament the way he had been playing all week.
“It could have been different. But at the same time, I never expected 14-under to have a remote chance of winning this golf tournament,” said McIlroy, who had already won the Race to Dubai before the start of the week.