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Sports Swafford hangs on to win Corales Puntacana Championship

02:35  28 september  2020
02:35  28 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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  Corales Puntacana Championship: Get ready for Tour's trip to Dominican The U.S. Open has come and gone, but the PGA Tour's fall swing continues with the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. When: Sept. 24-27 Where: Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic How to watch The field With the U.S. Open being played last week and the FedEx Cup playoffs concluding at the end of August, the group heading to Punta Cana lacks star power. Henrik Stenson is the top-ranked player in the field and the only one inside the top 50. Canadians Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners are two of the betting favorites. Korn Ferry Tour star Will Zalatoris, who finished tied for sixth at Winged Foot, is also in the field.

At the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship , 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford reflects on what he must do to keep ahead of those who are seeking to win for the first time.

After his second-round 67, Hudson Swafford says both he and his caddie have been stung by hornets during play at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship .

Hudson Swafford standing next to a body of water © Andy Lyons / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Hudson Swafford hung on to win the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship by shooting a final-round 69 on Sunday.

The 33-year-old entered the day trailing Adam Long by two but posted 31 on the front nine to take control of the tournament. His advantage grew to four shots with only six holes remaining, but he dropped into a three-way share of the lead following a double-bogey on 13 and another bogey two holes later.

Swafford part of 4-way tie atop Corales Championship after Round 1

  Swafford part of 4-way tie atop Corales Championship after Round 1 Hudson Swafford is part of a four-way tie atop the leaderboard at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship after posting a 65 in Round 1. Swafford, Sepp Straka, Scott Harrington, and Tyler McCumber all shot a 7-under to open the week in Punta Cana. Straka was the only member of the co-leaders to card the low round in the morning wave, which played over a stroke easier, according to Data Golf. Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands following Round 1: Ten players share the seventh spot at 5-under. Kyle Stanley, Jamie Lovemark, and Canadian David Hearn are included in that group. Mackenzie Hughes, who came second in Punta Cana last season, shot a 67 on Day 1.

Billy Kratzert, a two-time All-American at Georgia, sizes up fellow Georgia All-Americans Sepp Straka and Hudson Swafford , who are among the leaders at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship .

Watch third round action from the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship where Adam Long leads by two at 17 under. Highlights: Long (64) leads Swafford by 2 shots in Puntacana . September 26, 2020.

However, Swafford hit a beautiful tee shot on the par-3 17th to set up a birdie look, which he converted to regain the outright lead. A shaky two-putt par on the final hole sealed a one-shot victory for Swafford's second PGA Tour title.

"Man, it's amazing," said Swafford, who's battled a back injury in recent years. "Words can't really describe it. (The) last two years have been tough. Not family-wise, though. Me and my wife had our first son, life's great and golf was really hard, and to do this, it's fun. This is why I get up and grind."

Swafford's last victory was at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard finished:

McCumber mounted a late push with four birdies on his back nine, including one on 18 for the clubhouse lead at 17-under, concluding his best finish on the PGA Tour.

Hughes continued his career year with his third top-three result of 2020. He was a runner-up in Punta Cana last season.

The PGA Tour heads to Jackson, Mississippi, next week for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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