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Stenson named European golf's best

Thursday, December 19, 2013

LONDON - Sweden's Henrik Stenson crowned a remarkable season on Tuesday when he was named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for 2013.

The 37-year-old, the first man from his country to win the award, made history this year by winning both the FedEx Cup and The Race to Dubai - the order of merit competitions in the United States and Europe.

"It's a big honour to be voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year," Stenson said.

"It just reflects the stellar year I have had. You can call it a dream season, year of my life, whatever you want. It has been an unbelievable year and I am delighted to win this award, especially as I am the first Swede to do so."

Stenson won his first European tour title in 2001, but he had to go through two career slumps - the latter of which, in 2011, left him ranked 230th in the world - before bouncing back in style.

His other stand-out performances in 2013 included a share of third place at the Scottish Open, followed by runners-up finishes at The Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and third place in the US PGA Championship in the space of just five weeks.