A great summer of golf finally paid off for Henrik Stenson.
Stenson made three consecutive birdies to race by a fast-fading Sergio Garcia, and he holed a bunker shot for birdie on the 17th hole to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker and win the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass.
Stenson was runner-up in the British Open and a World Golf Championship, and he tied for third at the PGA Championship. All that was missing was a trophy, and he took care of that on Labor Day at the soggy TPC Boston by closing with a five-under-par 66 for a two-shot win over Stricker.
FOR THE RECORD:
Horse racing: In the Sept. 3 Sports section, an item in the Day in Sports column said that jockey Brice Blanc rode Egg Drop to victory in Monday’s Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. Martin Garcia was the jockey on Egg Drop. Blanc rode the second-place horse, Appealing. —
The 37-year-old Swede moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after two playoff events, assuring him his first trip to the Tour Championship and a clear shot at the $10-million prize.
“I’m just pleased I won here,” said Stenson, who tied the tournament record at 22-under 262. “This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes.”
Stenson’s win was only part of the high drama Monday, so much that Tiger Woods became an afterthought. He closed with a 73 and tied for 65th.
Winston leads Florida State
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut and No. 11 Florida State dominated host Pittsburgh, 41-13.
Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25 of 27 passes and running for 25 yards and a score as the Seminoles gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score for Florida State.
NHRA top-fuel points leader Shawn Langdon made it a memorable double-win weekend, racing to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory at Clermont, Ind.
A day after winning a special $100,000 eight-car top-fuel shootout, Langdon earned another $100,000 prize after powering his 8,000-horsepower dragster to a run of 3.818 seconds at 320.97 mph to beat Steve Torrence in the championship round for the second straight day.
Langdon earned a class-best fifth victory of the season and sixth of his career. Robert Hight (funny car), Mike Edwards (pro stock) and John Hall (pro stock motorcycle) also were winners.
Egg Drop defeated Appealing by a head to win the $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar.
Ridden by Brice Blanc, Egg Drop ran 11/16 miles on the turf course in 1:40.50 and paid $8, $4.80 and $3.80.