Swafford Wins For Second Time In The Desert Thanks To New Putter

While Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen were just getting warmed up in the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Hudson Swafford was showing off his own clutch gene on the back nine at PGA West’s Stadium Course.

Trailing the 54-hole co-leaders by three strokes coming into Sunday in Palm Springs, Swafford overcame an opening bogey to shoot 3-under par 33 going out and then went par-free on the back nine through the first six holes to reach 20-under par for the tournament.

On the par-5 16th, Swafford stuck his second shot to eight feet for a go-ahead eagle, and he gave himself another shot cushion on the island green 17th, rolling in a 20-footer for birdie.

The University of Georgia product’s second win in the desert featured yet another example of “the best putter out of the best ball strikers” winning on Tour, producing a strokes gained profile of negligible driving and scrambling gains, but he picked up nearly 11 strokes on the field average approaching the green and putting over two rounds at the Stadium Course (note: no strokes gained information is collected at PGA West Nicklaus or La Quinta Country Club).

Swafford ranked fourth in the field in SG: Approach and second in SG: Putting for the week.

  • “I putted unbelievable this week,” Swafford said. “I actually changed putters this week to a heel-shafted putter to help it swing a little bit more and rolled it incredibly well.”

The win was Swafford’s third on the PGA Tour and second in Palm Springs in the last five years. He moved up 105 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 61.

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