Stenson Takes BMW Title

Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open on Sunday, his first victory of any sort in 17 months.

His final-round 71 was enough to complete a 17-under 271, holding off Darren Fichardt and Thorbjorn Olesen, who finished tied for second at 14-under.

Played at the Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof, ,the tournament was Stenson’s first victory since the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November of 2014. He had four top six finishes on the European Tour in 2015, and four more to date in 2016.

He’s the fourth man to win the BMW more than once – joining Pablo Larrazabal, Thomas Bjorn, and Paul Azinger in that rare air. The victory moved Stenson from seventh in the world up to fifth, knocking Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler each down a notch.

Rankings Update

Jason Day remained No. 1 for the 14th consecutive week, ahead of No. 2 Jordan Spieth and No. 3 Dustin Johnson. American Billy Hurley III, who won the Quicken Loans National, jumped to No. 169 from No. 607, a leap of some 438 spots. Vijay Singh, who finished second behind Hurley, jumped 91 spots to No. 119.

Race to Dubai Update

Stenson moved up to sixth in the Race to Dubai standings with 1,448,095 points. He is the eighth player to top 1 million points for the season, although everyone is still leagues behind No. 1 Danny Willett (3.13 million). The Top 60 players at year’s end qualify for the four-tournament Final Series.

FedEx Cup Update

Billy Hurley III climbed into the field for the FedEx Cup with his first win ever, moving from 198th to 70th. Also now in the mix is Singh, who rose from 143rd to 73rd. The top seven players remained unchanged, followed by Justin Thomas, who rose from 11th to eighth.

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