The Swede won the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake on Sunday and secured the FedEx Cup title in the process, leading from start to finish before eventually winning by three shots from Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
The victory was his second in three events and lifted him back to a career high-equalling No.4 in the world, a position he last occupied following his victory in the Players Championship in May 2009.
That win came shortly after it emerged that he had lost a reported seven-figure sum in the Allen Stanford financial scandal but, with his financial future now more than secure, the 37-year-old can focus on finishing the year as Europe's No.1 and qualifying for a third Ryder Cup appearance. "That's obviously next on the horizon," said Stenson, who leads the European Tour's Race to Dubai and is virtually assured of a place on Paul McGinley's team for Gleneagles through the World Points List just a few weeks into the qualifying process. "Thankfully, I've got a month now I can rest and enjoy this incredible run that I've had. It's going to take a little time for this to sink in. I'm in a great position for winning the money title in Europe.
Stenson played in the record-equalling nine-point victory in the Ryder Cup at the K Club in 2006, but was also on the losing side two years later at Valhalla. "Being European, I've always tried to keep my membership back there, and we've got a Ryder Cup coming up as well," he added. "Of course, this win is going to help, together with the Deutsche Bank one, towards getting a spot on that team."
Stenson won his maiden European Tour title in 2001 but then went through the first of two career slumps, the second coming in 2011 and leaving him 230th in the rankings at the start of last year. Add in some serious health problems - one caused by a parasite picked up on holiday - and Stenson's form in 2013 is all the more remarkable, with runners-up finishes in the Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, third place in the US PGA Championship and victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship.
"I think it says that I never give up," he added. "I got back up to No.4 the week after my win at Sawgrass in 2009. So I'm obviously touching my personal best there. If I keep on playing well, I will have a chance later on to be able to improve on that."