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Golf: Mitchell claims first PGA win with big final putt


Mar 3, 2019; Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA; Keith Mitchell celebrates after winning the The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Keith Mitchell sank a clutch 15-foot birdie putt at the last hole and won his first PGA Tour with a one stroke victory at the Honda Classic on Sunday.

The second-year pro edged out Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler for the victory as he shot a final round 67 to finish at nine-under 271.

Koepka (66) and Fowler (67) put the pressure on as they completed play at 272 but Mitchell denied them a chance at a playoff at PGA National with his big putt.

Ryan Palmer (63) and Lucas Glover (66) shared fourth at seven-under 273 and 56-year-old Vijay Singh (70) was sixth at six-under as he missed a chance to become the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris



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