Win puts Swede Stenson ahead of Tiger Woods

Henrik Stenson, who had two runner-up PGA Tour finishes in 2013, broke through for his first win of the season, shooting a five-under 66 to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Win puts Swede Stenson ahead of Tiger Woods

The 37-year-old Swede also moved into first place in the FedEx Cup playoff standings with the victory, surpassing Tiger Woods for the overall lead.

Stenson, who won on the PGA Tour for the first time in over three years, finished at 22-under 262 in a Monday finish to tie the tournament scoring record at the TPC Boston.

“I’m just pleased I won here,” said Stenson. “This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes.”

American Steve Stricker, 46, finished two shots back in second place.

Stricker’s performance earned him a spot on Team USA after he improved to seventh from 11th in the President’s Cup standings.

Canada’s Graham DeLaet shot 69 to finish alone in third and 54-hole round leader Sergio Garcia, of Spain, shot a two-over 73 to tie for fourth with three Americans, Jordan Spieth (62), Matt Kuchar (66) and Kevin Stadler (68).

The Deutsche Bank event is the second leg of the four-tournament FeEx Cup playoffs which until Monday was led by Woods.

Woods stumbled to a two-over 73 Monday and finished in a tie for 65th.

“It wasn’t my week. I didn’t play well and didn’t make anything,” Woods said. “I didn’t have it today.”

The top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the third playoff event, the BMW Championship, which begins September 12.

Heavy rains all week led to low scores and plenty of delays, including two more on Monday.

The third round was completed in near darkness after a lengthy weather delay. Some players had started their third rounds, but the long stoppage forced organizers to erase that play and have players go out in threesomes of split tees.

Stenson, from Gothenburg, posted his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Players Championship by rolling in six birdies in a Monday finish.

Stenson finished second at The Open Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational followed by a third at this year’s PGA Championship.

On Monday, Stenson made bogey on No. 2 but then birdied five straight holes beginning at No. 4. He compiled a three-shot lead through eight holes.

“It’s been long, hard work getting back to this place,” he said. “There’s no magic, no quick fix. It’s just hard work.”

Zach Johnson joins Stricker on the President’s Cup team. Johnson closed with a birdie on his final hole Sunday and a 66 which tied him for 27th.

He finished 10th and earned the final automatic qualifying spot for the American Presidents Cup team. US skipper Fred Couples will name his captain’s picks on Wednesday.

“I stayed in my process,” said Johnson. “I stayed just playing and hitting shots. I had a good day today. I missed some short putts, but I made some long putts. It was an odd day.”

Garcia has now won just three of the last 11 times in which he owned at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

He had both the 36-hole and 54-hole leads but stumbled to five bogeys on Monday.

“I just wasn’t comfortable,” Garcia said. “I wasn’t able to trust myself as I did the first few days.”

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used