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PGA Tour Article

Rookie Win for Todd Hamilton at Honda Classic

Todd Hamilton. Photo - Getty images

After more than ten years on the Asian and Japan Tours, Todd Hamilton earned his first PGA Tour card at last year's PGA Qualifying Tournament and this weekend gained his first PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic.

Hamilton started the final day at 14 under par, 4 strokes clear of the field but by the time Brian Bateman signed his score card for a 4 under par final round of 68, his -10 put him in the clubhouse with a share of the lead. Hamilton had dropped four shots and was giving them all a chance.


Davis Love III took advantage of the situation with a birdie on the 17th to take outright lead at 11 under but could only manage a par on the last and Hamilton had two holes left in which to make up the deficit. Despite things not going his way earlier in the round, he kept his nerve and birdied the 17th as Love was warming up for a playoff. When Hamilton's approach shot at the eighteenth landed within a couple of feet of the flag it was clear that no playoff would be needed.

Davis Love III. Photo - Getty Images

Fredrik Jacobson. Photo - Getty Images

Fredrick Jacobsen also birdied the 17th and couldn't believe it when his birdie putt lipped out on the 18th leaving him with a one over par 73 and and 9 under total of 279 for the week. That gave him a share of fourth place with Kevin Na, Woody Austin and Robert Allenby. The points Jacobson gained moved him up from nineteenth to sixteenth place in the World Golf Rankings.
The only other top-20 world ranked player to move up this week was Robert Allenby who went from twentieth to eighteenth.

Hamilton's $900,000 prize money moved him swiftly up the 2004 money list from #95 to #9. Todd Hamilton is featured in this week's Player Profile.

Robert Allenby. Photo - Getty Images



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