Henrik Stenson saved his best for the last PGA tournament of the regular campaign, firing a 6-under 64 to win the Wyndham Championship by one stroke, finishing with a course record 22-under.
He bettered the mark of 21-under set in 2008 by Carl Pettersson and equaled last year by Si Woo Kim. It earned Stenson $1.044 million, 500 FedEx Cup points, his sixth win on the PGA Tour in his career and his first victory since the 2016 British Open.
“It’s certainly a good time to start firing,” Stenson said. “We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs. … If you get hot and keep on playing well, you have a chance to challenge.”
Stenson knows all about getting hot late in the season. In 2013, he won both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup titles, netting himself just under $20 million for a season in which he did not win a Major and at no time was ranked No. 1 in the world.
For the second straight day, Stenson had a stretch of four birdies in five holes to take command on the back nine, including three straight between 15 and 17 to demoralise the competition.
“I had to keep on making birdies,” Stenson said, “because Ollie was surely not backing down.”
Ollie is Ollie Schniederjans, who shot a 64 of his own to finish second. He made a 40-foot birdie on No. 17, then came within two feet of an eagle on 18 before birdying it as well.
Down to a one-stroke lead, Henson fired a 35-foot birdie putt within three feet of the hole and made the east par from there to taste the victory.
Nearly as interesting as the finish at the top of the leaderboard was the battle lower down for players trying to make the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the post-season series.
Geoff Ogilvy was the man on the bubble at No. 125 to start the tournament and responded to the pressure tih an 11-under to move up to No. 116.
Martin Flores, who was No. 139 to start the tournament, shot a final-day 63 including an ace on the 16th to rise up to No. 118.