SOUTHAMPTON (Bermuda) Seamus PowerYou did enough right, and you left all the mistakes to the PGA Tour rookies Ben GriffinSundays victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship was his second tour-title.
Power took the lead with a 25 foot birdie putt at 14th. The Irishman won the match with a bogey at the 14th hole, giving him a 1-under 70. Thomas DetryHe had earlier holed a bunker shot from the 18th green for birdie and a par 67.
Griffin, however, had the best chance.
Griffin had a chance at winning the PGA Tour just a year after he quit his job as a loan officer. He began the back nine at Port Royal with two back-to-back birdies. This put him at 5 under for day and gave him a two-shot advantage over Power.
Then it all went stale.
Griffin bogeyed four holes straight, then he made a double bogey at the par-3 16th. This effectively ended his chances of winning.
The 14th was pivotal. Griffin hooked his tee shot and had to take a penalty fall. He made his third straight double bogey. Power hit his birdie putt for his second swing and his first lead of day.
Both made bogey on 15th. Griffin was unable to draw into a strong wind, which went into the Atlantic Oceans hazard. This resulted in a penalty drop and another missed putt that led to a double bogey.
Power said, This course was always to be a story of two sides. I knew it would be difficult coming in and it was. It was a joy to accomplish it.
Power won the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky last year, which was held the same week of the British Open. This victory propels him to No. He is now No. 32 in the world. He arrived in Bermuda at No. 48, the highest-ranked player on the field.
Griffin made four consecutive bogeys, then a double. He used iron off the 17th par-5 tee and watched the ball run through the fairway into the water. Griffin suffered his third penalty drop in four holes but managed to make par.
Power went just beyond the green and chipped to three feet for birdie. He now has a two-shot advantage over Detry. There is still room for error on the last hole.
Griffin and Power were tied going to the final round. Griffin won the first six holes with four birdies. He looked like a winner after he made birdie putsts on the 10th, and 11th to increase his lead to just two shots.
He missed a 6-foot par-putt on the 12th. He also missed the 4 foot par putt at the next hole.
DIVOTS: Aaron BaddeleyHe was a Monday qualifier and was still in the mix up to a pair late bogeys. He was still tied for sixth. He was also among the 10 players who were awarded a spot into Mayakoba next Monday in Mexico. … Tennessee freshman Caleb SurrattTo make the cut, he shot a 64. He then followed that with an 85 in round three. On Sunday, he improved by 20 shots with a 65.