Hudson Swafford prevails at PGA Tour's Corales Puntacana Club and Resort Championship

Tanya Simon
September 30, 2020

Swafford will be in the field next week at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Hudson Swafford looked like he might run away with his second PGA Tour title when he made the turn Sunday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Nate Lashley ended in fourth spot ahead of overnight leader Adam Long, whose challenge faded with a three-over 75, while Will Zalatoris posted a round-of-the-day 65 to jump into tied-eighth.

Swafford closed with a 3-under 69, doing most of his work on the front nine with a 31 that took him from a two-shot deficit to a three-shot lead.

McCumber, who started the final round six shots back, lurked all day until he holed a long putt for birdie on the final hole for a closing 66 to also become a threat.

Swafford hit another poor pitch at the 13th on his way to a double-bogey, which cut his lead to one when Hughes bounced back from his bogey at the same hole by picking up a shot at the par-five next. The birdie on the 17th allowed him to break out of a tie with Tyler McCumber and Mackenzie Hughes, and the par putt on the 18th avoided a playoff with McCumber.

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Swafford responded by hitting a superb tee-shot at the par-three 17th to set up an eight-foot birdie, giving him a one-shot lead heading to the last, before holing from a similar distance to save par at the last and register his second PGA Tour victory. Since Puntacana is momentarily a full-point occasion, the win implies he's likewise into the 2021 Masters in addition to journeys to Kapalua, The Players and the PGA Championship next year. He will move into the top 100 in the world ranking for the first time in his career.

Aaron Rai never got anything going in favorable conditions at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.

The New South Welshman added another birdie at the 17th hole before he bogeyed the 18th to finish with a 5-under par 67.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Jared Wolfe closed with a 1-over 71 and held on for a one-shot victory over Taylor Pendrith in the Wichita Open, his second victory this year on the Korn Ferry Tour. That left him no room for mistakes, and he finished with two pars. Dawson Armstrong (65) and Brad Hopfinger (68) tied for third. He finished with a 69 and tied for third with Maverick Antcliff (70), three shots behind Catlin.

Catlin is the first American to win the Irish Open since Hubert Green in 1977.

Catlin finished on 10-under 270.

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