Dahmen wins first PGA Tour title in windy D.R.

6: 26 PM ET

  • Associated Press

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Joel Dahmen obtained the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, avoiding a playoff when the wind pushed taking half in companion Rafael Campos’ closing birdie are attempting to the left.

Dahmen closed with a 2-under 70 on the windswept seaside route. He started immediate with birdies on three of the main four holes and added one other on the par-5 seventh, then performed the final 11 in 2 over with bogeys on the par-3 11th and par-5 14th and a chain of exhausting-earned pars.

“I became as soon as on cruise control this day,” Dahmen stated. “It’s in actuality exhausting to rob golf tournaments. I knew it became as soon as exhausting, nonetheless I will’t deem how exhausting it in actuality is. I became as soon as on top of issues, I felt love I became as soon as doing — my physique became as soon as appropriate doing other issues. Luckily, I had a pair appropriate up-and-downs there on 16 and 17. And I construct no longer perceive how I tapped in that 2- or 3-footer there, nonetheless happily it went in.”

The 33-yr-usual Dahmen executed at 12-under 276. He didn’t earn into the Masters with the victory for the reason that match became as soon as performed opposite the WGC Match Play occasion in Texas nonetheless did wrap up a PGA Championship berth and a discipline at Kapalua in the Sentry Event of Champions.

Campos, the Puerto Rican player whose family has prolonged had a home in the Dominican Republic, had a 71.

“It wasn’t intended to be,” Campos stated.

Winless on the tour, he bogeyed the par-3 17th to drop out of a tie for the lead and watched the wind circulate his 15-footer off-line in the previous couple of inches on the par-4 18th.

“I became as soon as so nervous,” Campos stated. “I fabricate of in actuality desired to embody that more than a couple of, and it became as soon as so cool to respect in most cases the in my fingers. … It became as soon as in actuality cool to even respect that noteworthy stress.”

His simplest birdies got here on the 2 front-9 par 5s.

Sam Ryder had a 67 to tie for 2nd with Campos.

Graeme McDowell, the 2019 winner, and Michael Gligic tied for fourth at 10 under. McDowell closed with a 69, and Gligic shot 71.

Defending champion Hudson Swafford (70) and Emiliano Grillo (71) were 9 under.

Dahmen obtained after missing the weekend cuts in seven of his earlier eight starts.

“It’s been a rough launch to the calendar yr,” Dahmen stated. “Golf became as soon as in actuality exhausting for me these final seven or eight weeks, and to turn spherical to this is gorgeous inconceivable.”

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