The Honda Classic - R4

Keith Mitchell wins first PGA title

February 28 – March 03
PGA National (Champion) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$6,800,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 3



American Keith Mitchell sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win an epic back-nine shootout, capturing his first US PGA title at the Honda Classic.

Mitchell, who began the last round with back-to-back bogeys, birdied four of the last seven holes in a final-round three-under par 67 to finish 72 holes at windy PGA National on nine-under 271.

That was enough for a one-stroke victory over Americans Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.

“I’ve been watching them my whole life,” Mitchell said. “Just having my name next to theirs is an honor.”

Another US duo, Lucas Glover and Ryan Palmer, shared fourth on 273 and Fiji’s Vijay Singh another stroke adrift. South Korean Lee Kyoung-hoon and US 54-hole leader Wyndham Clark were on 275.

World number 162 Mitchell out-fought his rivals with a sizzling finish after stumbling at the start, a tap-in birdie at the par-5 third and seven-foot birdie putt at nine the sign of things to come.

“I’ve been close before and I let my emotions take over,” Mitchell said. “I bogeyed the first couple of holes and I said, ‘Not again.'”

After a bogey at 11, Mitchell sank an 11-foot birdie putt at 12 and a 17-foot birdie putt at 13. He put his approach to four feet at the par-3 15th and made the short putt then hit the closing birdie after blasting out of a fairway bunker and sinking a tension-packed putt.

“I was trying to focus on what was going on,” Mitchell said. “My mind started wandering there at the end. I was trying to focus on my read and my speed and I made a great putt.”

Mitchell, who sealed spots in the Masters and PGA Championship, was among six who shared the lead at one stage, including major champions Singh, Koepka and Glover.

Palmer, seeking his first win in nine years, finished four hours before the last group, birdies and 16 and 17 holding up despite a six-foot birdie putt miss at 18.

“To finish the way I did was very memorable,” Palmer said. “Just happened to hit the worst putt of the day at the last.”

Glover matched him in the clubhouse with a 15-foot birdie at 18.

But Koepka — the 2017 and 2018 US Open champion and 2018 PGA Championship winner — made a tap-in birdie to finish on 272 and eliminate Palmer and Glover after a day of battling winds.

“It was extremely difficult. This wind is pumping up 20-25 mph,” said Koepka. “You are never comfortbale over any shot.”


Fowler birdied three of the last four holes, including a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th and six-footer at 18 after finding a greenside bunker, to match Koepka in the clubhouse only to watch Mitchell beat them both.

Singh, trying to become the oldest US PGA winner at age 56, found a water hazard at 17 and took a bogey that doused his victory hopes.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Keith Mitchell
USA
-9
68
66
70
67
271
T2
Brooks Koepka
USA
-8
67
69
70
66
272
T2
Rickie Fowler
USA
-8
67
72
66
67
272
T4
Ryan Palmer
USA
-7
70
71
69
63
273
T4
Lucas Glover
USA
-7
66
69
72
66
273
6
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-6
70
69
65
70
274
T7
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-5
67
69
68
71
275
T7
Wyndham Clark
USA
-5
69
67
67
72
275
T9
Jim Furyk
USA
-4
69
72
68
67
276
T9
Jason Kokrak
USA
-4
69
71
68
68
276
T9
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
67
70
70
69
276
T12
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
70
68
72
67
277
T12
Bud Cauley
USA
-3
67
71
71
68
277
T12
Harris English
USA
-3
70
71
68
68
277
T12
Ryan Armour
USA
-3
68
68
70
71
277
T16
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
67
71
73
67
278
T16
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
67
70
72
69
278
T16
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-2
64
73
69
72
278
T16
Michael Thompson
USA
-2
71
69
66
72
278
T20
Chesson Hadley
USA
-1
68
70
73
68
279
T20
Talor Gooch
USA
-1
71
68
72
68
279
T20
Matt Wallace
ENG
-1
71
68
72
68
279
T20
Brian Gay
USA
-1
71
70
70
68
279
T20
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
69
70
72
68
279
T20
Russell Henley
USA
-1
69
72
70
68
279
T20
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
66
73
71
69
279
T20
Scott Brown
USA
-1
70
70
70
69
279
T20
Max Homa
USA
-1
69
71
70
69
279
T20
Roberto Castro
USA
-1
67
70
69
73
279
T30
Patrick Rodgers
USA
Par
68
71
72
69
280
T30
Justin Thomas
USA
Par
68
74
67
71
280
T30
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
72
66
70
72
280
T30
Roger Sloan
CAN
Par
71
71
66
72
280
T30
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
69
72
66
73
280
T30
Adam Schenk
USA
Par
67
71
68
74
280
T36
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
1
66
71
75
69
281
T36
Webb Simpson
USA
1
72
69
71
69
281
T36
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
1
74
68
70
69
281
T36
Jonas Blixt
SWE
1
70
72
70
69
281
T36
Danny Lee
NZL
1
69
67
75
70
281
T36
Julian Etulain
ARG
1
67
70
74
70
281
T36
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
69
70
71
71
281
T36
Sam Saunders
USA
1
68
72
70
71
281
T36
J. T. Poston
USA
1
73
68
69
71
281
T36
Daniel Berger
USA
1
72
67
70
72
281
T36
Peter Malnati
USA
1
69
68
71
73
281
T36
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
1
67
74
67
73
281
T36
Gary Woodland
USA
1
72
70
66
73
281
T36
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
69
68
70
74
281
T36
Matt Jones
AUS
1
69
69
69
74
281
T51
Chase Wright
USA
2
72
68
72
70
282
T51
Russell Knox
SCO
2
69
72
71
70
282
T51
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
2
70
64
77
71
282
T51
Trey Mullinax
USA
2
70
72
68
72
282
T51
Nick Watney
USA
2
71
67
71
73
282
T51
Bill Haas
USA
2
69
70
69
74
282
T51
Harold Varner III
USA
2
72
69
67
74
282
T51
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
2
68
68
71
75
282
T59
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
3
71
70
71
71
283
T59
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
67
71
73
72
283
T59
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
70
72
68
73
283
T59
Zach Johnson
USA
3
66
72
71
74
283
T59
John Huh
USA
3
70
72
67
74
283
T59
Adam Svensson
CAN
3
72
64
72
75
283
T59
Anirban Lahiri
IND
3
67
70
71
75
283
T59
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
70
68
69
76
283
67
Martin Kaymer
GER
4
71
70
68
75
284
T68
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
5
69
67
74
75
285
T68
Grayson Murray
USA
5
71
68
71
75
285
70
Hank Lebioda
USA
7
67
74
70
76
287
MDF
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
72
70
71
213
MDF
Tyler Duncan
USA
3
69
71
73
213
MDF
Hudson Swafford
USA
4
70
72
72
214
MDF
Sam Burns
USA
4
70
71
73
214
MDF
Austin Cook
USA
5
74
67
74
215
MDF
Jason Dufner
USA
5
73
69
73
215
MDF
Stewart Cink
USA
5
71
71
73
215
MDF
Jim Knous
USA
6
71
71
74
216
MDF
Richy Werenski
USA
6
71
71
74
216
MDF
Ryan Blaum
USA
6
69
73
74
216
MDF
Stephan Jaeger
GER
6
68
72
76
216
MDF
Graeme McDowell
NIR
8
72
70
76
218
MDF
Drew Nesbitt
CAN
9
71
71
77
219
CUT
Adam Long
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Adam Scott
AUS
3
72
71
143
CUT
Austen Truslow
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
3
68
75
143
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
3
71
72
143
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
3
70
73
143
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
3
74
69
143
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
3
72
71
143
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
70
143
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
4
76
68
144
CUT
David Pastore
USA
4
75
69
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
5
78
67
145
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
5
71
74
145
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
69
76
145
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Luke List
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
6
72
74
146
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
7
76
71
147
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
7
68
79
147
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
7
71
76
147
CUT
Erik Compton
USA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
7
73
74
147
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
8
75
73
148
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
8
72
76
148
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
8
71
77
148
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
9
77
72
149
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
9
76
73
149
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
9
72
77
149
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
10
74
76
150
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
10
76
74
150
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
10
74
76
150
CUT
Blayne Barber
USA
11
73
78
151
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
11
73
78
151
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
13
77
76
153
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
15
77
78
155
CUT
Andrew Filbert
USA
17
80
77
157
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
17
75
82
157
DSQ
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
0
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76
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