Canadian Adam Svensson wins 1st PGA Tour title at Sea Island

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Adam Svensson handled the cold air and heat of discord as if he had been there before, closing with a 6-under 64 to win the RSM Classic on Sunday at Sea Island for his first PGA Tour victory.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Adam Svensson handled the cold air and heat of discord as if he had been there before, closing with a 6-under 64 to win the RSM Classic on Sunday at Sea Island for his first PGA Tour victory.

Svensson, a 28-year-old from Surrey, B.C., was locked in a tie at four for the lead on the final stretch of the Seaside course when he dumped an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, then hit a tee shot from 10 feet on the par-3 17th for a birdie that gave him a cushion.

Brian Harman (65) and Sahith Theegala (66) were in the group ahead of him and missed birdie chances from around 25 feet on the final hole.

Callum Tarren of England (64) was the first to post at 17 under par and was hoping for a playoff. Svensson capped his bogey-free final round with a par for a two-stroke victory.

He finished at 19 under 263 and played the tougher Seaside course in 20 under the last three rounds. His tournament started with a 73 on the Plantation, which tied him for 108th. His first job was to make the cut. He ended up winning the trophy.

Taylor Pendrith (69) of Richmond Hill, Ont., tied for 15th at 13 under.

Svensson enters his third full year on the PGA Tour and earns a two-year exemption, along with a trip to the Masters and the PGA Championship. He never played a major.

“To be honest, it’s not even real right now,” Svensson said when he finished. “I’m so happy. I put in so much work. Winning on the PGA Tour means everything to being me. … I just kept believing in myself, and here I am.

Theegala recovered from a double bogey on the par-5 seventh hole while struggling left of the tee, then hit a chip that returned to him from behind the green. He had five birdies over the last 11 holes.

Harman came into the game late, hitting a fairway metal on the par-5 15th hole that was inches from rolling, setting up a short eagle. He birdied on the 16th to share the lead, but had to settle for pars on the last two holes.

Patrick Rodgers and Ben Martin, who shared the 54-hole lead, couldn’t keep up. Rodgers didn’t birdie his first until the 13th hole and closed with a 70 tied for 10th, while Martin shot a 72.

Cole Hammer, a Texas graduate in May, playing on a sponsor exemption, shot a 65 to tie for fifth place, which puts him in the Sony Open.

The PGA Tour is now taking a six-week break in the final season wrap-up before resuming with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua the first week of January.

By winning, Svensson was the last man to qualify for this field, the first high event which will have a purse of $15 million.

Svensson took home $1,458,000, more than he earned in either of his previous two seasons on the PGA Tour. He is the second Canadian to win this season, following Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., who won at Mississippi.

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