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Super Stenson sets new standards with historic double

updated 11:26 AM EST, Sun November 17, 2013
Henrk Stenson with the spoils of his victory at the World Tour championship in Dubai after a stunning last day display,
Henrk Stenson with the spoils of his victory at the World Tour championship in Dubai after a stunning last day display,
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Henrik Stenson wins World Tour Championship in Dubai
  • Stunning eight-under 64 leaves him six shot clear of Ian Poulter
  • First man to win the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour's FedEx Cup in same season
  • Ian Poulter finishes second in the tournament and second in Race to Dubai

(CNN) -- Henrik Stenson is targeting the World No.1 spot and his first major after completing the 2013 season with a historic double on the PGA and European Tours.

Stenson capped an "incredible summer" Sunday by completing a front running victory in the World Tour Championship with a stunning last round eight-under 64. The success wrapped up the Race to Dubai as leading money winner in Europe.

It was a mirror image of his win at the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour, which saw him land the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus pool.

Many believe that No.3 ranked Stenson is already the tops, not least Ian Poulter, who finished second to Stenson, six shots back and second in the Race to Dubai.

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"Henrik has not made a mistake all week and I just had to make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points," he told the official European Tour website.

Read: Stenson closer to historic double

"I have thrown a lot at him and given him so much stick, but he is the best player on the planet right now."

The 37-year-old Stenson said he would be taking a break after his grueling end to the season before focusing on this major goal,

"It's going to take a lot more good golf but I am certainly going to keep on trying,"

A major also eluded the Swede despite his superb year, finishing second at the British Open and third at the U.S. PGA Championship to kick start his amazing run of high finishes in big money events.

"It has been a dream season," he admitted. "I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch me, especially Ian who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that.

"I don't know how I am going to be able to top this next year but I am going to give my best in the majors and that (becoming the first male Swedish player to win one) would be the icing on the cake."

Read: Dubiusson gives chase in Dubai

Stenson capped his round and his season with a stunning eagle on the 18th for 25-under on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Estates.

Poulter bravely gave chase with a fine 66, while French hope Victor Dubuisson finished third, a further two shots back.

A trio of former World No.1's in Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood shared fifth to give promise of an improvement in 2014 after disappointing seasons by their own standards.

All secured valuable points towards the 2014 European Ryder Cup standings while Stenson has all but secured a return to the team after his heroics.

He suffered a slump from 2010, not helped by illness and slipped to 230th in the rankings before his remarkable return to form.

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