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Stenson lands writers award

Henrik Stenson's achievements on both sides of the Atlantic in a memorable 2013 have earned him the prestigious Golf Writers Trophy.

The Swede became the first player to win both the FexExCup and the Race to Dubai, while he also posted top-three finishes in The Open and PGA Championship.

The world No 3 clinched the Race to Dubai title in style as he romped to a six-shot victory in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, and he also won the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship in the FedExCup play-offs.

The 37-year-old claimed the Golf Writers Trophy ahead of US Open champion Justin Rose beat off competition from US Open champion Justin Rose and the victorious European Solheim Cup team.

Stenson declared it was a "huge honour" to receive the award, which recognises outstanding achievements during the year from golfers born or resident in Europe and European teams.

Reflection

"I think when you look at what others achieved like Justin and the Solheim Cup team it does make it mean that little bit more," he said.

"It's a huge honour and a great reflection on the year I had.

"I'm looking forward to getting a few of these trophies I've won into the summer house in Sweden. It has been such a great year that I can have a few in Europe and a few in my house in America.

"What a great thrill it is going to be over Christmas to sit by the fire with my family and take stock of the season, look at trophies such as this one and reflect on the year of my life."

Stenson registered almost two-thirds of the votes to claim the honour, which was won by Rory McIlroy last year, with Rose finishing second and Liselotte Neumann's team coming in third.