As we thought he might, Henrik Stenson bombed his way to victory at the DP World Tour Championship, defeating Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose by two strokes in the final event in the Race to Dubai and the European Tour season.
A year after winning the same event en route to a Race to Dubai title, Stenson drove the ball exceptionally well at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The Swede finished second in driving distance at 309.9 yards (behind only McIlroy) and second in driving accuracy with 82.1 percent of fairways hit.
Stenson moved up to 11th on the end-of-season driving distance ranking (301.3 yards) and finished 13th in driving accuracy, hitting 70.7 percent of fairways during the European Tour season.
Here’s a look at the driver Stenson used, a 9° Callaway X2 Hot with a 45-inch, 60-gram Oban Tour Blue shaft.
But the 38-year-old wasn't just long off the tee. During Thursday's first round, Stenson hit his Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood (13°, Graffalloy Blue Shaft) 294 yards over water on the par-5 14th hole. Check it out below.
There seems to be something about the second shot on the 14th hole that brings out the strength in Stenson. During Saturday's third-round, Stenson was left with a similar approach shot, but this time hit a 4-iron 270 yards. He currently plays Callaway's Legacy Black Irons (3-PW) with Modus 120X shafts. See the shot below.
And for a look at just how straight Stenson was driving the ball in Dubai, check out the shot tracer in the video below. The ball hardly moves off its original line.