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Swafford another first time winner on PGA Tour

Hudson Swafford (Photo: Getty Images)
29 year old American Hudson Swafford birdied three of his last four holes including a near hole in one at the 17th in today’s final round of the Career Builders Challenge in La Quinta in California, to win his first PGA Tour title.

Swafford, who is playing his 4th season on the PGA Tour, emerged from a intense battle over the final round where as many as seven players still has a realistic chance of taking the title over the final nine holes.

Swafford though took control with a two putt birdie from 15 feet at the par five 16th, then all but holed his tee shot at the dangerous par three 17th and then two putted from 12 feet for par at the last to win by one over 54 hole leader, Canadian, Adam Hadwin, and by two over Bud Cauley and Brian Harman.

It was the 19th consecutive cut Swafford had made in his last 19 starts on the PGA Tour and although he had not contended often during that stretch, the exception being a very good week at the Sony last week, he had been building to contending for a title and so it would prove.

Swafford can now look forward to a debut at Augusta National in under three months time adding further to the cheque for US$1.044 million and a rise in the world ranking to 89th from 204th.

Geoff Ogilvy disappointed in his final round after being on the edge of contention heading into the final day, his round of 74 seeing him slip to a share of 25th but he still led the Australians in what was an overall disappointing week for them.

One who would not be disappointed however despite finishing well back in the field in 58th position would be Steve Bowditch who made his first cheque in his last eleven starts on the PGA Tour.

Aaron Baddeley also made the cut but finished in 75th position.

The PGA now heads to San Diego and Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open where world number one Jason Day and eight time winner at Torrey Pines during his professional career, Tiger Woods, will steal the limelight.    



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