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Australian Lucas Herbert wins the Butterfield Bermuda Championship by a single shot.
Lucas Herbert holds of Patrick Reed and Danny Lee to win his first PGA Tour title.
The Port Royal Golf Course, home to the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, is the shortest course played on the PGA Tour but the Sunday conditions made it but easy.
With howling winds and rain, PGA Tour rookie and overnight leader Taylor Pendrith struggled. Pendrith who had a 3 shot lead heading into Sunday and looking for his first PGA Tour victory shot a 5 over 76 knocking him out of contention.
Reed who was playing in front of Herbert and Lee tried to post a score for the two to catch. He had 4 birdies in his final 6 holes and was in the club house at 14 under.
Lee who was challenging Herbert got off to a poor start on his inward nine. He double bogeyed his 12th and then had bogeys on the 13th and 14th and almost seemed out of the tournament. But his fortunate changed when he birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th and almost birdied his 18th to tie Herbert at 15 under. He settled for 14 under tied with Reed.
Herbert who was solid the whole day, did not put a foot wrong. In trying conditions he hit some good shots but they didn’t fall but knew he needed to keep grinding. After his birdie on the 15th which gave him the solo lead, he knew he had to maintain playing solid golf and after sticking it to 6 foot on the last and two putting for par, victory was his.
“I love playing when it’s really hard,” Herbert told Golf Channel immediately after finishing up. “I think it makes you be that little bit better and it eliminates the guys who maybe aren’t as good who are hitting shots that don’t get affected by wind or rain as much. I just enjoyed the struggle out there today. There were times where we were nearly sitting on the ground behind an umbrella — and just embracing that was so much fun.”
“You were hitting good shots that ended up in bad places and bad shots ended up in good places, that’s just kind of the way the day was. Keep moving forward,” he said. That was an understatement.
“The next 12 months are going to be really cool,” said Herbert, who came into the week ranked 57th in the world. “Definitely gets me into the Masters and Kapalua (Sentry Tournament of Champions Jan. 6-9). It’s going to be lots of fun.”