LOS ANGELES: Hudson Swafford finally joined the winner’s circle Sunday (Monday in Manila), firing a five-under-par 67 for a one-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge.
The 29-year-old American birdied three of his last four holes to claim his maiden USPGA Tour win in his 93rd Tour start.
“This is a dream come true,” Swafford said. “I really didn’t get ahead of myself, didn’t really look at leaderboards, didn’t really know where I was.”
He compiled a 20-under 268 total to finish one stroke ahead of Canada’s Adam Hadwin, who closed with a 70, one day after storming to a 13-under 59 in the third round at the La Quinta Country Club near Palm Springs, California.
Bud Cauley and Brian Harman both shot 69s and finished in a tie for third at 18-under 270.
Swafford is in his fourth year on the Tour and had never finished higher than a tie for eighth. In five previous starts this season his best finish was a tie for 13th at last week’s Sony Open.