Michael Dwyer The Associated Press It was a summer of near-misses for Henrik Stenson – until Monday, when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots.

Swede Stenson finally can take home some hardware

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

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 holed a bunker shot for a birdie on No. 17 to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker and win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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

The 37-year-old Swede moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after two playoff events, assuring him of 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."

Stenson's win was only part of the high drama Monday, so much that Tiger Woods became an afterthought. He closed with a 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 a 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.

"It feels like I just missed the cut," Els said when he finished.

But the Big Easy was given a big reprieve. K.J. Choi bogeyed the par-5 18th. Charley Hoffman bogeyed the 17th. Kevin Chappell missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole. That combination was enough for Els to grab the 70th spot by a fraction of a point.

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, who were playing together on the other side of the course.

They were tied at 8 under – big advantage to Simpson – until the former U.S. Open champion dropped two shots on the last four holes. Johnson faced a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole that determined whether he made the team, and he poured it in the middle.

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