ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of his career Sunday with the biggest payoff in golf.
Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth and Steve Stricker.
The 37-year-old Swede also captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson earned $1.44 million for winning the tournament.
Stenson, who two years ago was outside the top 200, moved to No. 4 in the world.
Spieth left one lasting impression on his remarkable rookie season. The youngest player in Tour Championship history ran off four straight birdies on the back nine at East Lake and pulled within one shot of Stenson with his 10-footer on the 16th.
Spieth caught a buried lie in the bunker short of the 17th green and made bogey, while Stenson steadied himself with an 8-foot birdie on the par-5 15th to return his lead to three shots. Stenson only made it easy at the end with three pars — nearly holing out from the bunker right of the 16th green, hitting a scary shot from the right fairway bunker on the 17th to the middle of the green, and saving par from another bunker on the 18th.
Spieth closed with a 64, while Stricker had a 65.
Stenson, who finished at 13Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed going into the Tour Championship, never recovered from his 73-71 start.