Mitchell claims first PGA win with big final putt

Mitchell claims first PGA win with big final putt

But he started with four straight birdies on the way to going out in 29 - the first player to ever do that in a final round at the Honda. With plenty of all-stars in the mix, The Honda Classic resulted in a potent finish and an amped-up crowd.

Mitchell closed with a 3-under 67 to finish at 9-under 271 at PGA National, a stroke ahead of Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler. A PGA Tour sophomore named Keith Mitchell staved off the giants.

Keith Mitchell came to the 18th tee on Sunday of the Honda Classic needing a birdie to take the lead outright and possibly get his first PGA Tour win. But he made bogeys on four of his next eight holes, falling off the pace. Not long after that, he was in a six-way tie atop the leaderboard.

Koepka handled the treacherous Bear Trap as he birdied 16th and then his two-putt birdie on 18th took him past Palmer and Glover. Fowler actually birdied three of his final four holes, including a 45-footer on the 17th.

But the 27-year-old Mitchell, a former Web.com player, maintained his cool.

After a bogey at 11, Mitchell sank an 11-foot birdie putt at 12 and a 17-foot birdie putt at 13.

"I was just trying to focus on what was going on", Mitchell told NBC Sports after his round. "My mind started wandering there a little bit at the end. and then I hit a great putt". That is just the reality of it. "I wish that I could come up with a better word than that, but just having a chance to come down the stretch against Rickie Fowler and Brooks, those guys are the best in the world and they've been out here proving themselves".

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Mitchell will make a quick turnaround from his Honda Classic championship as he's expected to play in this weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill beginning Thursday. "You are never comfortbale over any shot".

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"It was good for the fans", said Koepka, the Palm Beach County native and two-time defending U.S. Open champion. The charity aspect of the PGA Tour and its players are incredible. By the time he was done, two groups -including Koepka's- were waiting on the tee to play.

Park had a four-round total of 15-under 273 at Sentosa Golf Club's Tanjong course for her sixth LPGA victory. It shut down the course a year ago from June to October and put in 18 new greens. But with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour Sunday, getting close to that hole, with water in front and to the right of the small green, continued to be extremely hard.

With all the talk about the challenging venue and the lack of star power playing in the event, it turned out to be a dazzling start to the Florida Swing.

After his win, the Palm Beach Post even poked fun at Mitchell's rise from obscurity to winning his first Tour event.

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