Grading the Deutsche Bank Championship

Henrik Stenson gets his first win of 2013. (USATSI)
Henrik Stenson gets his first win of 2013 and jumps to the top of the FedEx Cup standings. (USATSI)

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Henrik Stenson's comeback has finally come full circle.

After several (impressive but still false) starts on jumping back in the winners circle Henrik Stenson finally finished the job on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Stenson did so with a final-round 66 to get to 22 under for the tournament which was good enough for a two-stroke margin over second place finisher Steve Stricker.

The 66 capped off a week that saw him shoot 67-63-66-66 consecutively. He actually had a putt to break the all-time Deutsche Bank scoring record of 22 under, now shared by Stenson, Charley Hoffman, and Vijay Singh.

Stenson has come up empty but been so close at his last few events. He finished second at the British Open, T2 at the Bridgestone Invitational, and third at the PGA Championship.

After his round, he told NBC he just closed better today than he has in the previous few tournaments.

"I just played a little bit better today in the final round. I've been playing nicely for a long time."

The Swede has now returned from whence he once came as he tumbled from as high as No. 4 in the world in 2009 to No. 230 at the beginning of 2012.

About his struggles, Stenson told GolfWeek he just had to get up off the mat and keep swinging.

"At some point, you have to accept where you’re at," he said. "It doesn’t matter how many eagles or birdies you’ve made in the past. You have to say, Well, we’re here now. What do we need to do to get back there, or even get better?"

He is certainly in a better spot now than he was then as he will overtake Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup points race with only two playoff events to go.

He referenced this idea to NBC after his round.

"I'm in a better position, ain't I?"

You sure are.

Here are our grades for the Deutsche Bank Championship:

A Henrik Stenson has now made $3.5 million in the past 43 days. Yikes.
A Jordan Spieth basically played himself onto the Presidents Cup team with a final-round 62 and he finished -- in the tournament to boot. Well done for the 20-year-old.
B Three consecutive 71s are disappointing after that opening-round 63 for Phil Mickelson. Still, Lefty is very much in the FedEx Cup hunt as we turn to Chicago in two weeks.
B Rory McIlroy only broke 70 once (a third-round 64) but still finished inside the top 50. Not an ideal performance for him but he's hanging around.
C Tiger Woods has not been sharp on the weekends in the playoff events thus far. Lucky for him he had a monster lead coming into the final four tournaments.
F Kyle Stanley came into the Deutsche Bank Championship in 66th place but missed the cut to fall out of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings and will thus miss the BMW Championship.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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