Sepp Straka Wins The Honda Classic

Sepp Straka become the first Austrian winner in PGA Tour history when he rallied from five shots down to capture the Honda Classic.

“It’s crazy,” Straka said. “It’s a lifelong dream of mine just to be heading to Augusta in a month or so. It’s still surreal. I’m sure it’ll sink in here before long, but yeah, it’s just crazy.”

Straka topped Shane Lowry by one shot. Lowry fired his third consecutive 67 in Sunday’s final round and missed a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff. 

“I played the golf, good enough golf I felt to win the tournament. That bad weather came in just as we were hitting our tee shot on 18, which was as bad a break as I’ve got in a while,” Lowry said. “Yeah, it’s a tough one to take. There is obviously a lot of positives to take from the whole event. You know, probably played some of best golf my whole career this week I feel around a very tough golf course. And, you know, I’ll take that into The Players and hopefully I can have a good week there.”

2020 Charles Schwab Challenge champion Daniel Berger began Sunday with a five shot lead that evaporated on the front nine en route to a final round 74 and a fourth place finish.

“Didn’t play well, so I didn’t win the golf tournament,” Berger said. “That’s unfortunate, but actually felt good. I just didn’t hit the shots that I needed to hit at the right time.”

Notables in the field included Brooks Koepka (T16, E), Billy Horschel (T16, E), Louie Oosthuizen (T30, +2), Rickie Fowler (T42, +3) and Ryan Palmer (T70, +8).

Next up on the PGA Tour is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and the Puerto Rico Open.

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