Date: December 18, 2013
Author: Sam Williams, Omnisport

Stenson recognised after stellar 2013

Henrik Stenson has been named the European Tour Golfer of the Year after enjoying a stellar 2013.

The Swede made history this year by completing an unprecedented double in winning both the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season.

Stenson was remarkably consistent throughout the year, and ended 2013 in style with a comprehensive six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship.

And the 37-year-old – who is the first Swedish player to win the award – was delighted to have been recognised for his achievements.

"It's a big honour to be voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year," Stenson stated.

"You can call it a dream season, year of my life, whatever you want. It has been an unbelievable year and I am delighted to win this award, especially as I am the first Swede to do so."

Stenson went on to say that winning a maiden Major championship is his primary goal for 2014.

"If I can continue to play at the level I have been then I feel I can have a pretty good shot at them," he added.

George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, lauded Stenson, saying there is "absolutely no doubt" that he deserved the award for his "tremendous consistency and hard work".