Date: December 08, 2008

Stenson takes Sun City title

Sweden&aposs Henrik Stenson cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City on Sunday. Stenson carded a closing 68 for a 21-under-par total of 267 and nine-shot victory over Ryder Cup rival Kenny Perry, whose 65 was the best round of the day. Robert Karlsson, who partnered compatriot Stenson to World Cup victory in China last week, finished a distant third on nine-under par. South African Rory Sabbatini was a shot further back in fourth, a stroke ahead of Ryder Cup team-mates Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood who returned rounds of 70 and 72 respectively. Former European No.1 Justin Rose (72) was ninth, while Luke Donald&aposs comeback from a serious wrist injury saw him finish 11th in the 12-man field on four-over par. Spain&aposs Miguel Angel Jimenez, pipped to the World Cup by Stenson and Karlsson seven days ago, propped up the field on five-over. Stenson dominated the tournament after opening with a course-record 63 and went into the final round with a commanding eight-shot lead. “I&aposm really happy with this victory, it&aposs a fantastic way to finish the season,” he said. “I have really enjoyed the week. The greens were in immaculate condition and the course looked as good as I have ever seen it.” The 32-year-old finished second on his debut in the event in 2006. “I wanted to go one better. I had such a big lead and that took away a little from the excitement, but nothing takes away from winning,” he said. Fourth Round of the Nedbank Challenge, Sun City -21: Henrik Stenson 63 71 65 68 -12: Kenny Perry 73 70 68 65 -9: Robert Karlsson 72 68 67 72 -8: Rory Sabbatini 68 70 72 70 -4: Sergio Garcia 72 70 72 70, Lee Westwood 70 72 70 72 -2: KJ Choi 72 67 73 74, James Kingston 72 77 70 67 +2: Justin Rose 73 73 72 72 +3: Trevor Immelman 72 73 69 77 +4: Luke Donald 72 74 71 75 +5: Miguel Angel Jimenez 75 76 73 69