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HOOK OR BY CROOK; Stenson wins PS9.3m easing pain of being robbed PS5m by cricket conman Stanford; SILVER LINING FOR HOT HENRIK.

Byline: NEIL McLEMAN Golf Correspondent

HENRIK STENSON will bank a new fortune for winning the FedEx Cup after losing his old one to Texan crook Allen Stanford.

The Swede won PS875,000 for his Tour Championship triumph - and the PS6.3million bonus for claiming the FedEx Cup.

Stenson returns to world No.4 after slumping down to No.230 only 18 months ago.

He lost an estimated PS5m to Stanford's dodgy investment scheme in 2009. The Texan fraudster (right), who also sponsored cricket, is now serving a 110-year prison sentence, while the Open runner-up has won over PS9.3m since July as the hottest player on the planet.

"It shows that I never give up," said Stenson. "This is way beyond what I could have imagined. Since the Scottish Open, it's been just an incredible run. I'm speechless."

Stenson suffered a first slump in 2001 before holing the winning putt at the 2006 Ryder Cup. Then post-Stanford he didn't have a single top-10 finish in 2011 and only one in 2012.

This time last year, he was still outside the top 100 in the world before now climbing to the top of the European Ryder Cup rankings.

He said recently: "Life is ups and downs - stock market, golf. Everything kind of goes in cycles. When you're not getting what you want and you have to work hard for it and then you get the reward, it's going to feel better than if you get it all the time, I guess."

Working with coach Pete Cowen, Stenson's hot summer began with a tie for third in the Scottish Open. Runner-up at Muirfield and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed, then third at the PGA Championship and a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"It's been a great summer, way beyond what I could imagine," he said. "But it wasn't like you wake up in the middle of July and start playing fantastic. I put the work in in the spring."

Stenson won the Tour Championship by three shots despite getting a late scare from another Texan, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who made four straight birdies at East Lake to finish as runner-up.

World No.1 Tiger Woods, who tied 22nd but still banked a PS1.9m bonus, said: "He is a good guy, we all like him, and it's good to see."

Stenson now aims to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same year.

n.mcleman@trinitymirror.com

IT'S SWEDE ..& SOUR

Stenson's ranking: May 2009: Victory in The Players Championship: No.4

Jan 2012: Missed cut at Qatar Masters: No.230

Nov 12: Wins SA Open No.71 (from 113)

July 13: Second at the Open No.20

Sept 13: Wins Tour Championship No.4

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Rhe CUP & SORCERER Stenson kisses the FedEx Cup after his Tour Championship glory (right) on Sunday hip

HIGH NOTE Stanford (3rd right) with former cricket stars and administrators posing with 20 million dollars in 2008
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2013
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