De Jonge finishes 18th at Tour Champs


HARARE – Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge ended his PGA Tour season with an 18th place finish at the Tour Champions by Coca-Cola at the East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta on Sunday.

De Jonge, who carded a two-under 278, was tied for 18th together with Englishman Luke Donald.

The Zimbabwean pocked $158 400 at the end of the tournament to take his total earning the season to a cool $1 795 244 from 30 events.

De Jonge largely struggled in the first three days of the event where he fired rounds of 70, 72 and 71 which left him lying on position 26 on the leaderboard heading into Sunday’s final round.

The Harare-born golfer, however, found his form in the fourth round on his way to a five-under 65.

This should boost de Jonge’s confidence heading into next month’s Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village where he is part of the International Team.

De Jonge was one of captain Nick Price’s two additional picks together with Australian Marc Leishman.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson held his nerve to fend off a last-day charge by American PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth to win the season-ending Tour Championship by three shots.

Stenson’s fourth career triumph on the US circuit also earned him the eye-popping FedExCup playoff bonus of

$10 million and capped an astonishing run of form he has produced since July, featuring six top-threes in his eight starts worldwide.

“Confidence can turn around very quickly in this game, but it can take quite a long time as well,” the 37-year-old Swede, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, told reporters after posting a 13-under total of 267.

“Every player, no matter how good or bad you play, you still have to kind of battle certain feelings, certain times, certain shots you don’t like, and it’s no different for me. It’s just been a great summer, way beyond what I could imagine.

“The play that I have performed since mid-July has been incredible,” added Stenson, whose purple patch started with the Scottish Open in July and includes two wins, a runner-up spot at the British Open and third place at the PGA Championship.

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