Sabbatini Wins The Honda Classic
Rory Sabbatini shot even par and held off a charge by Y.E. Yang to capture his first PGA TOUR victory since 2009. Yang was -4 on the day but couldn't make a birdie late in the round to catch Sabbatini.
While Sabbatini's Greg Norman like hat (picture above) was recognizable throughout the tournament, his ability to putt and tame the "Bear Trap" may have been the difference. Sabbatini played holes 15-17 at 1-under for the tournament while the field was 1-over. During his second round he needed only 21 putts on his was to a 6-under 64, a single round tournament record since the event moved to the PGA National course.
The win earned Sabbitini $1,026,000 and 500 FedEx Cup Points. While the money is nice, the FedEx Cup points move him up to 3rd place in the standings, qualifying him for the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral. Without the win Sabbatini, would not have qualified.
Coming into the tournament much of the focus was on the big European names. Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy all made the cut but Graeme McDowell stole the show by shooting a final round 64 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 2-under par and tied for 6th. His bogey free round featured six birdies including two on 17 and 18 to finish the tournament.
McDowell became the seventh player to tie the tournament record since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National. The other players were Rory Sabbitini (earlier this tournament), Mike Weir, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Stephen Ames and Anthony Kim.
Luke Donald followed up his win last week with a top 10 finish as he also played a bogey free round on Sunday. He made four birdies on his way to 4-under, 66 to put land him in a tie for 10th with three other players.
The PGA TOUR is split next week as the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship will be played at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral, Florida. This field will feature the top 50 players in the world while the rest of The TOUR heads to the Puerto Rico Open at Trump International on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico.