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2022 RSM Classic leaderboard, grades: Adam Svensson emerges from pack in final round for first PGA Tour win

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After 70 starts and a return to the Korn Ferry Tour, Adam Svensson has officially won the PGA Tour. Coming out of a crowded leaderboard at the 2022 RSM Classic, the Canadian bet on the last event of the calendar year, playing flawlessly in the final round 6-64 and taking down Sahit Tigala, Brian Harman and Callum Tarren with two punches. .

“Now it’s not even real. I’m just so happy. I just did so much work and winning the PGA Tour means everything to me,” Svensson said, trying to hold back tears. “It was an up and down journey. I had my downs, I had my ups, but I just kept believing in myself and here I am.”

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Svensson was one of many players to hold a share of the lead Sunday at Sea Island as 16 players came out three strokes from the lead on the final day. After making just one birdie in his first seven holes, it wasn’t until halfway through his round that the 28-year-old began to warm up in Georgia’s cold weather.

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By adding three birdies to four holes from holes 8-11, Svensson hit 17 below and matched the club’s lead set by Tarren. Failing to capitalize on a profitable 15th par 5, Svensson quickly made amends by hitting back-to-back shots on 16 and 17 to separate himself from Tigala and Harman, who had taken the lead in the group.

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“Today I was just trying not to do bells and whistles. I didn’t even look at the scoreboard until 16. I just said that if I don’t do bells and whistles, then I score well, that’s what I did, ”said Svensson. “Actually I felt pretty good over them [the birdie putts on Nos. 16 and 17]. The one on the 17th, I didn’t think he would come in, and somehow the golf gods let him through.”

Finishing the tournament at the age of 19, Svensson used a flashy weekend performance to claim his first PGA Tour title. Having hit 13 birdies and an eagle against just one scarecrow on his last 36 holes, the 28-year-old is now reaping the benefits of a trip to the winners’ circle.

Moving up to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings, Svensson will also receive invitations to the Tournament of Champions, Players Championship, Masters and PGA Championship. Simply put, for a player who has yet to compete in a major championship, this triumph is a career-changing one.

“Two years ago I made the decision to give 100%,” Svensson said. “There was no turning back, I was leaving because I was going the wrong way. I would say it was a good choice.” Grade: A+

Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the 2022 RSM Classic leaderboard.

T2. Sahit Tigala (-17): All of this was preparation for Tigala’s breakthrough, as he was a member of the penultimate group and thus escaped pressure in the last round of rear closure. Starting off strong, the 24-year-old will look back on the double bogey at par-5 as his eventual defeat. Battling with four birdies on his nine, Tigala shared the lead at one point before eventually succumbing to Svensson by two hits. Excellent rating

T5. Cole Hammer (-15): The former Texas standout started his professional career with difficulty. Nearly missing out on conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour, Hammer was cashing in at home this week as he gained access to the tournament thanks to a sponsor being released. He took full advantage of the opportunity and took first place in the top 10. Thanks to his efforts, Hammer will have something to do next year as he now competes confidently in the Sony Open tournament.

“Fucking happy with what happened there,” Hammer said. “I had a rough start yesterday, but I fought back. Missed a few hits on the stretch, but gave himself a chance. There were only four pullbacks today, the leaderboard was packed, and I knew a good round would go a long way. in some difficult conditions. I’m just so proud of how I fought and fought there. It gives me a lot of confidence to move forward and leaves a great taste in my mouth before the off-season.” Excellent rating

T5. Joel Damen (-15): The 2022-2023 season marks the final campaign in which Damen will be completely exempted from the PGA Tour for his victory at the 2021 Corales Championship. With the added motivation and pressure to play well, Damen did just that throughout the swing season. With a T5 finish at the RSM Classic, he ended his fall with three consecutive top 10 finishes and a top 20 finish in the FedEx Cup standings.

“I was already in a pretty good position, I think I was way ahead of the game, but getting more points today was a huge achievement,” Damen said. “You never want to take a week off because you always feel like you are behind, but with a good finish today, it will be easier for you to take a vacation.” Excellent rating

T5. Seamus Strength (-15): Not Rory McIlroy, but Power will come out on top in the FedEx Cup standings in 2023. Having won the Bermuda championship and having success at Mayakoba and now Sea Island, the Irishman came under the radar of captain Luke Donald at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, rising to the top of the season’s PGA Tour race. As impressive as it is, going forward it will be interesting to see if Power can start competing in elevated events where the competition is much tougher. Rated excellent-



Source: www.cbssports.com

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