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NORTON, Mass. – A great summer of golf finally paid off for Henrik Stenson.

Stenson made three straight birdies to race by a fast-fading Sergio Garcia, and he holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 17th hole to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker and win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Stenson was runner-up in the British Open and a World Golf Championships event, and he tied for third at the PGA Championship. All that was missing was a trophy, and the Swede took care of that Monday at soggy TPC Boston by closing with a 5-under-par 66 for a two-stroke victory over Stricker (67).

Stenson, 37, finished at 22-under 262 and moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after two of the four playoff events.

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“Pretty perfect timing, I guess,” said Stenson, who earned $1.44 million. “There’s never a bad time to win a golf tournament, I know that much.”

Tiger Woods (73) tied for 65th place at 4 under and dropped to second in FedEx Cup points. The top 70 in points qualify for the BMW Championship, which starts Sept. 12 in Lake Forest, Ill.

Ryan Moore (65th in points) of Puyallup advanced despite a final-round 77 that put him in 75th place.

Kyle Stanley (77th in points) of Gig Harbor and ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (96th) are eliminated from the playoffs.


• Stricker and Zach Johnson secured two of the 10 automatic berths on the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup, which starts Oct. 3 at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Seattle native Fred Couples will reveal his two captain’s picks Wednesday.

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