Race to Dubai champion Stenson revels in career-best year

Henrik Stenson labelled 2016 the finest year of his career after securing a second Race to Dubai title on Sunday.

A ninth-place finish at the World Tour Championship, Dubai was enough to ensure Stenson retained top spot in the standings - ahead of Masters champion Danny Willett.

Stenson previously won the Race to Dubai in 2013, a year that also saw the Swede triumph in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup.

However, he is understandably more proud of his efforts this season, having claimed a first major championship at Royal Troon and an Olympic silver medal prior to his latest success in Dubai.

"I'm very pleased to get my name on this trophy once again," said the 40-year-old.

"It's been a great year, the best year of my career. I've always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think I've done that this year.

"Maybe not to the level of golf over six months, but certainly with the highlights of winning The Open, the Olympics and taking the Race to Dubai again. So it's been a great year and it feels lovely to finish in this way."

Stenson becomes the 12th man to end more than one season as Europe's number one.

"We've got [Seve] Ballesteros, we've got [Bernhard] Langer, we've got [Nick] Faldo, and then of course in the later years, we're more familiar with the names who won it," he added.

"It shows a lot of history. To win it once is very satisfying and to win it two times is even more."

The final event of the 2016 European Tour season was won by Matt Fitzpatrick, who made his Ryder Cup debut earlier this year.

"It means the world," said the young Englishman. "To win one of these Final Series events is really special, and this one in particular.

"It's been a long year for me, and I've got to admit, this is just icing on the cake as a year goes. It's been a great one."

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