Erik van Rooyen wins second PGA Tour title

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World Wide Technology Championship R4
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November 6, 2023
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Erik van Rooyen started his round with a bogey and closed with an eagle at the par-5 18th for a final-round 63 to reach 27-under and win the World Wide Technology Championship by two shots; his second PGA our title in his 91st start at the age of 33 years, 8 months, 15 days.

"Obviously it didn't start off on a great note, making a 6 on one left a sour taste in my mouth," said the South African.  "Then you drain a, what is it, 35-, 40-footer on 2 and it's like, OK, it's all right, this is a silly game so just keep playing. Hung around all day. Didn't make a ton of birdies. Camilo got off to a super hot start, Matt made some putts which he always does, and things just turned on the back nine. Great birdie on 10, almost holed it on 11, beautiful 13-, 14-footer on 12, left-right breaker in the heart and you're off and running. Just hung in there and made some fricking awesome putts on 16, 17 and 18."

Colombian Camilo Villegas, playing on a sponsor exemption, started the day in the lead and made four birdies in his first six holes then added two more in his final two to close with a bogey-free 66 for a 25-under, 263 total that ties his low 72-hole score on Tour. He finished runner-up for the fifth time in his 387th career start on Tour.

"Obviously got off to a great start, that was the plan. Then I went a little cold in the middle of the round, missed a couple putts, a little tentative with the putter, but that's normal under these circumstances. I haven't been in this position in a long time.
But it was great. Overall I felt great. I've been doing some good work off the golf course both swing and mental and it paid off. Very nice to make some birdies coming in, finishing strong, tied for second.

"If you think about it, I mean, Erik just shot 28 on the back. He played his last nine holes, I think it was 8 under the last nine holes, nine or 10 holes. That's pretty  impressive. And the putt on the last to close it out. I was kind of hoping he gave me a chance. But hey, I'm proud of the way I battled today, I'm proud of the way I played all week and I'm proud of just the time and work I've been putting into the game."

American Matt Kuchar, who held a share of the overnight lead, also carded a 66 for a share of second place, his fifteenth runner-up finish in his 535th career start.

Fellow American Justin Suh closed with a bogey-free 65 to finish solo fourth at 24-under followed in fifth place at 22-under by compatriots Ryan Palmer(bogey-free, 64) and Andrew Putnam who carded a bogey-free 62 featuring an eagle at the par-4 10th.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Erik van Rooyen-2768646663261
T2Camilo Villegas-2564646966263
T2Matt Kuchar-2565656766263
4Justin Suh-2466656865264
T5Andrew Putnam-2268696762266
T5Ryan Palmer-2271666564266
T7Chesson Hadley-2166667263267
T7Mackenzie Hughes-2171656368267
9Carson Young-2069646867268
T10Ludvig Åberg-1968657264269
T10Akshay Bhatia-1969667064269
T10Austin Cook-1972676862269
T10Nate Lashley-1964706966269
T10Sam Ryder-1969696467269
T15Martin Trainer-1869706665270
T15Beau Hossler-1866726765270
T15Taylor Pendrith-1872666765270
T15Doug Ghim-1868657067270
T15Davis Thompson-1866686967270
T15Kramer Hickok-1865676969270
T15Patton Kizzire-1869696369270
T15Will Gordon-1869636771270
T23Nick Hardy-1770676965271
T23Ben Griffin-1768706766271
T23Justin Lower-1765687365271
T23Austin Smotherman-1769677164271
T23Austin Eckroat-1769696568271
T23Adam Long-1769666769271
T23Scott Piercy-1766686770271
T23Michael Kim-1764696870271
T31Max McGreevy-1668687066272
T31Nico Echavarria-1667726766272
T31Taylor Montgomery-1669666968272
T31Tano Goya-1664746668272
T31Martin Laird-1669696965272
T31Jeffrey Kang-1665686970272
T31Lucas Herbert-1669676670272
T38Ryan Moore-1568696967273
T38Thomas Detry-1571686668273
T38MJ Daffue-1569696867273
T38Matti Schmid-1565687367273
T38Brent Grant-1568677068273
T38Sebastián Vázquez-1570687164273
T38Keith Mitchell-1567727064273
T45James Hahn-1469677068274
T45Richy Werenski-1470667068274
T45Luke List-1466726868274
T45Roberto Díaz-1470696768274
T45Stephan Jaeger-1466657568274
T45Cameron Champ-1468676970274
T45Adam Svensson-1471676967274
T45Brian Stuard-1470687066274
T45Jason Dufner-1469707065274
T54Lanto Griffin-1369667169275
T54Brandon Wu-1369667070275
T54Kevin Tway-1367696871275
T54K.H. Lee-1367707365275
T54Cameron Young-1365747264275
T59Robby Shelton-1270667070276
T59Peter Malnati-1273666770276
T59Cameron Percy-1262727072276
T59Hayden Buckley-1271657169276
T59Vince Whaley-1273666869276
T59Lucas Glover-1269677268276
T65Isidro Benitez-1171677267277
T65Troy Merritt-1171687365277
T67Paul Haley II-1067727168278
T67J.J. Spaun-1069707366278
T69Chase Johnson-967697271279
T69Russell Knox-968707170279
71Kelly Kraft-870687171280
72Chez Reavie-767707074281
73Ryan Armour-669677670282
CUTHenrik Norlander-46971--140
CUTMark Hubbard-46872--140
CUTRobert Streb-47070--140
CUTZac Blair-47169--140
CUTChris Gotterup-47268--140
CUTDavid Lipsky-47070--140
CUTBrian Gay-46971--140
CUTChris Naegel-47070--140
CUTKensei Hirata-46674--140
CUTPreston Summerhays(a)-47268--140
CUTMatthias Schwab-36873--141
CUTZecheng Dou-37368--141
CUTRyan Brehm-36972--141
CUTKyle Westmoreland-36873--141
CUTRyo Ishikawa-37170--141
CUTHarry Hall-36972--141
CUTSahith Theegala-37071--141
CUTDavis Riley-37269--141
CUTJimmy Walker-36972--141
CUTBrice Garnett-36873--141
CUTPeter Kuest-37269--141
CUTAndrew Landry-27369--142
CUTC.T. Pan-27270--142
CUTTyler Duncan-27072--142
CUTCharley Hoffman-26973--142
CUTDavid Lingmerth-26874--142
CUTMichael Gligic-27270--142
CUTScott Harrington-27369--142
CUTAugusto Núñez-27666--142
CUTBilly Davis(a)-27171--142
CUTPeter Knade-27468--142
CUTKevin Yu-27072--142
CUTHarry Higgs-27072--142
CUTStewart Cink-26973--142
CUTMaverick McNealy-27468--142
CUTCallum Tarren-27072--142
CUTSatoshi Kodaira-27171--142
CUTBen Martin-17271--143
CUTGreyson Sigg-16974--143
CUTRyan Gerard-17172--143
CUTHarrison Endycott-16974--143
CUTDylan Frittelli-17469--143
CUTIsaiah Salinda-17271--143
CUTEmiliano GrilloPar7470--144
CUTJonathan ByrdPar7272--144
CUTChris KirkPar7272--144
CUTKevin RoyPar6975--144
CUTCody Gribble+17174--145
CUTDoc Redman+17372--145
CUTBen Taylor+27373--146
CUTNick Watney+27670--146
CUTTyson Alexander+27472--146
CUTCarl Yuan+37572--147
CUTJim Herman+37671--147
CUTJose Cristobal Islas(a)+37572--147
CUTTrevor Cone+47672--148
CUTHunter Epson+47375--148
CUTMichael Block+47276--148
W/DBrandt Snedeker-6670--136
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World Wide Technology Championship 2023

Date: November 2nd - 5th 2023

Location: El Cardonal at Diamante, Los Cabos, Mexico

Purse: $8,200,000

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