Nedbank Golf Challenge

Stenson: I felt comfortable

2008-12-07 16:56
Henrik Stenson holds his trophy (AP)

Sun City –  Sweden’s Henrik Stenson said after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge that he had been very comfortable going into the final round as he cruised to a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

Stenson finished with a 21-under 267 total for the second-largest winning margin in the history of the tournament, behind Nick Price's 12-shot triumph in 1993.

After receiving the $1.2m winner’s cheque, Stenson said: “An eight-shot lead made me feel pretty comfortable, and I just went out there and took care of business.

"It was a bit slow in the first nine, but I seem to like the homeward nine here, and I got the birdies going again."

American Kenny Perry had the best round of the day with a 7-under 63 to leapfrog Sweden's Robert Karlsson and South Africa's Rory Sabbatini into second on 12-under 276.

Karlsson finished in third, another three shots behind, while Sabbatini struggled with his putting and had to settle for fourth, another stroke back.

Second-ranked Sergio Garcia finished a steady week on 4-under 284 to tie for fifth with Lee Westwood.

Defending champion Trevor Immelman had to take a two-shot penalty on the 14th when he hit his club into the sand of a bunker in frustration before playing his shot out of the trap. He finished 10th in the 12-man field on 291 after his final-round 77.

Final round scores:

267 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 63-71-65-68
276 - Kenny Perry (USA) 73-70-68-65
279 - Robert Karlsson (SWE) 72-68-67-72
280 - Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 68-70-72-70
284 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 72-70-72-70, Lee Westwood (GBR) 70-72-70-72
286 - KJ Choi (KOR) 72-67-73-74, James Kingston (RSA) 72-77-70-67
290 - Justin Rose (GBR) 73-73-72-72
291 - Trevor Immelman (RSA) 72-73-69-77
292 - Luke Donald (GBR) 72-74-71-75
293 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 75-76-73-69.



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