Adam Svensson wins first PGA Tour title, earns major entries

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Adam SvenssonHe was able to handle the heat and cold of contention with ease, winning the RSM Classic on Sunday at Sea Island. This was his first PGA Tour victory.

Svensson (a 28-year old Canadian) was tied for the lead in the Seaside courses final stretch when he put in an 18 foot birdie putt on the 16th green and then hit a 10 foot tee shot on the par-3 17th green for a birdie which gave him some cushion.

Brian Harman(65) Sahith Theegala(66) were in the group before him and missed birdie opportunities from approximately 25 feet on the closing hole.

Callum TarrenEngland (64) was the first player to post at 17 under par and was hopeful of a playoff. Svensson completed his two-shot win with a par.

He finished at 19-under 263, and played the more difficult Seaside course in 20 minutes under the final three rounds. His tournament started with a 73 on Plantation, which placed him in a tie to finish 108th.

His first job was making the cut. He won the trophy, becoming the first player to open with a 73 and worse and win a PGA Tour tournament since Jon Rahm (75) at 2020s BMW Championship.

Svensson will begin his third year on the PGA Tour. He also gets a two-year exemption and trips to the Masters as well as the PGA Championship. He has never played in a major.

Svensson stated, To be honest its not even real right at the moment, when he was done. Im so happy. I put so many hours into it. It means everything to me to win on the PGA Tour. … I just believed in myself, and Im here.

Theegala made a recovery from a double bogey on Theegalas par-5 7th hole. He was in trouble off the tee, and then hit a chip from behind the green that brought him back. He made five birdies in the last 11 holes.

Harman was late to the game, hitting a fairway iron on the par-5 15th hole. He was just inches away from setting up a short birdie. He birdied the 16th hole to share the lead, but had to settle for pars the last two holes.

Patrick RodgersAnd Ben MartinThe 54-hole lead was shared by Rodgers and Martin, but they couldnt keep up. Rodgers did not make his first birdie at the 13th green. Martin tied for 10th with a 70.

Cole HammerThe May graduate of Texas, who was playing on a sponsor exemption and shot a 65 to tie him for fifth, which allows him to enter the Sony Open.

The PGA Tour will now take a six week break in the final wraparound season, before resuming with Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua during the first week of January.

Svensson won the race and became the last man to be eligible for the field. This is the first event with a $15 million purse.

Svensson won $1.458,000, more than he won during his previous two seasons on the PGA Tour. He is the second Canadian to win this years season. Mackenzie HughesMississippi, won by,

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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