x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Sunny side up for Stenson

Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the Sun City Challenge by nine strokes at the Gary Player Country Club.

Henrik Stenson was in great form.
Henrik Stenson was in great form.

SUN CITY // Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the Sun City Challenge by nine strokes at the Gary Player Country Club yesterday. Dubai-based Stenson carded a four-under-par 68 in the final round in South Africa to finish on 21-under-par 267. The American Kenny Perry, who fired a day's best 65 to finish on 276, was second. Stenson, 32, who began the day with an eight-shot lead, had no telling challengers as he steered clear of any bogeys until the last hole.

He registered just one birdie on the front nine but sunk four on the back nine. His playing partner Robert Karlsson, with who he won the World Cup for Sweden in China two weeks ago, could make no inroads into his lead as he picked up just one birdie in a 72 that secured him third place on nine-under-par 279. Perry was well served by his power game as he eagled the second and then birdied the fourth, 11th and 14th and the last two holes.

Stenson's score has only been bettered by local favourites Ernie Els, who fired a 25-under-par 263 in 1999, and Nick Price, who won in 1993 with a total of 264. * Reuters s8-9: Jeev Milkha Singh wins the Nippon Series Cup