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"The Swede wasn't going to be denied his moment of glory"
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Winner Henrik Stenson
"It's been a tough day"
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Ireland's Paul McGinley
"I was hoping to win"
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Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Stenson proves big at The Belfry
Henrik Stenson in action at The Belfry
Stenson refused to crumble in his debut win
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Henrik Stenson has put on an amazing display to clinch an all-the-way debut victory at the Benson and Hedges International with a two under par 70 on Sunday.

The little-known Swede survived a couple of late scares in the final round to grab the 166,660 first prize at The Belfry.

The money was more than 10 times Stenson's previous biggest cheque and over 100,000 more than he collected for winning the 'second division' Challenge Tour last season.

The 25-year-old rookie was clearly delighted with the result and credited his success to hard work.

I just feel relieved - it's been a tough day
  Henrik Stenson

"I had a wonderful year last year, and I sat down and looked at my game and worked on my strokes," said Stenson.

Victory at The Belfry also means Stenson jumps from 129th to 16th in the European Ryder Cup table.

Having entered the final round with a three-stroke lead, he showed remarkable character to beat off challenges from Paul McKinley and Angel Cabrera and win by the same margin with a 13-under-par total of 275.

"As with the earlier three days, I just concentrated on my own game," he said.

"I'm just feel relieved - it's been a tough day."

Argentina's Angel Cabrera
Cabrera was unable to catch the Swede

Stenson had looked in command on the eighth with a four-shot lead , but a double-bogey on the ninth cut the gap between the chasing pack to just two strokes.

Stenson responded well, chipping in the 10th for an eagle and holing a 14-foot birdie putt on the next.

Some excellent play from Cabrera managed to reduce the lead to two again, but the Swede, once more, replied in style with a seven-foot birdie at the 16th.

As a thunderstorm threatened, the young star safely negotiated the last two holes for victory.

McGinley birdied the last holes, finishing with a 15-foot putt, to catch Cabrera and himself goes up from 14th to eighth in the Ryder Cup race.

Leading final scores:

275 H Stenson (Swe) 66 68 71 70
278 A Cabrera (Arg) 70 70 69 69, P McGinley 66 72 70 70
281 O Karlsson (Swe) 69 71 68 73
282 D Botes (Rsa) 69 69 72 72
283 R Green (Aus) 72 70 70 71
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