Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Golf

Stenson wins Deutsche title as Garcia fades

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NORTON, Mass. — A great summer of golf finally paid off for Henrik Stenson.

Stenson made three straight birdies to race by a fast-fading Sergio Garcia, and he holed a bunker shot for birdie on the 17th hole to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker and win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

Stenson was runner-up in the British Open and a World Golf Championship, and he tied for third at the PGA Championship. All that was missing was a trophy, and he took care of that at the soggy TPC Boston by closing with 5-under 66 for a two-shot win over Stricker.

The Swede, 37, moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after two playoff events, assuring his first trip to the Tour Championship and a clear shot at the $10 million prize.

"I'm just pleased I won here," said Stenson, who tied the tournament record at 22-under 262. "This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I'm going to see my kids in a little bit. It's all good."

Tiger Woods closed with 73 and tied for 65th.

Brendan Steele thought his season was over when the final round was halted for two hours because of rain. Steele made a birdie putt on the 15th when play resumed, hit a 9-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the 16th and closed with two more birdies to sneak into the top 70 in the FedEx Cup and advance to the third playoff event in two weeks at Conway Farms north of Chicago.

Steele appeared to bump Ernie Els out of the top 70 when he tied him at 12-under 272.

But Els was given a big reprieve. K.J. Choi made a bogey on the par-5 18th. Charley Hoffman made bogey on the 17th. Kevin Chappell missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole. That combination was enough for Els to barely grab the 70th spot.

Stricker's third runner-up finish this year allowed him to move into the top 10 and qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That put the 10th spot up for grabs between Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson.

They were tied at 8 under until Simpson dropped two shots on the last four holes. Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole to make the team.

The other spots on the team went to Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

Graham DeLaet of Canada closed with two birdies for 69 and finished third to secure his spot on the International team. His teammates will be Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.

Jordan Spieth went birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle at the end of his round for 62 right before the rain delay. Spieth tied for fourth at 17-under 267, and is No. 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. He is assured of becoming the first player since Woods in 1996 to start a season with no status and reach the Tour Championship.

U.S. captain Fred Couples announces his two wild-card picks for the Presidents Cup on Wednesday, and Spieth is sure to get plenty of attention.

Garcia had a two-shot lead at the start of the final round and gave it away quickly, starting with a three-putt for bogey on the par-5 second hole. He missed several short putts and went out in 39, too far back to catch up.

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