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Dahmen wins first US PGA crown in windy Dominican thriller

American Joel Dahmen held off Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos over the gusty last holes Sunday to win his first US PGA title, capturing the Corales Puntacana Championship.

Dahmen, who missed the reduce in six of his previous seven begins, fired a two-under par 70 to complete on 12-under 276 on the windy Dominican resort to defeat Campos and American Sam Ryder by one stroke.

“It’s so fricking hard to win a golf tournament,” Dahmen mentioned. “I knew it was hard but I can’t believe how hard it actually is.”

World quantity 81 Dahmen’s finest prior PGA finishes had been runner-up efforts on the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship and 2018 John Deere Classic.

“It has been a tough start to the year,” Dahmen mentioned. “To turn around (6 of 7) missed cuts to this is pretty incredible. This is unbelievable. This is awesome.”

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Canada’s Michael Gligic shared fourth on 278 with Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and American Hudson Swafford on 279 and England’s Danny Willett in eighth on 280.

Dahmen birdied 4 of the first seven holes to tug away however bogeys on the par-3 eleventh and par-5 14th dropped him again degree for the lead with Campos, who had birdied the par-5 fourth and seventh, and Gligic on 12-under with three brutally windy holes remaining.

“I was in control, or so I thought. I don’t know what happened to me. I kind of lost it,” Dahmen mentioned of his back-nine stumbles.

Gligic, whose finest prior PGA effort was a share of eleventh final 12 months in Bermuda, fell again with bogeys on the par-4 sixteenth and stumbled again with a bogey on the par-4 sixteenth and 18th.

At the pivotal par-3 seventeenth, Dahmen barely missed a chip-in, almost flipping his membership into his caddie with delight, and tapped in for par whereas Campos left his chip brief and two-putted for bogey, leaving Dahmen forward by one.

At the par-4 18th inexperienced, Dahmen was 30 toes from the cup whereas Campos was half that distance. Dahmen rolled his putt to a few toes, placing the strain upon Campos.

After backing off for a wind gust, Campos made his putt and it regarded good — the Caribbean golfer bending his knees and cocking a fist pump — solely to have a wind gust deny the ball a spot on the backside of the cup.

“I knew this putt. I’ve putted this putt. Five inches out I thought it was right in the heart,” Campos mentioned after settling for the perfect end of his PGA profession.

“Really hurts. But great week. I can’t complain. I grinded it out. It wasn’t meant to be.”

Dahmen sank his tense last putt for the long-sought triumph.

“I don’t know how I tapped in that three-footer but I’m thankful it went in,” Dahmen mentioned. “I don’t know how I’m here. It’s crazy.”


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