PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Todd Hamilton took 17 years to fulfill his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. It felt like sheer fantasy Sunday in the Honda Classic.
After blowing a four-shot lead, Hamilton recovered with birdies on his final two holes, stuffing an 8-iron into 4 feet on No. 18 to close with a 2-over 74 and beat Davis Love III by one shot.
Hamilton, who finished at 12-under 274, earned $900,000 and a two-year exemption on tour. The perks don't stop there. The 38-year-old tour rookie should easily move into the top 50 in the world ranking and qualify for the Masters.
Not bad for a guy who was living in obscurity on the Japanese tour last year, despite winning four times, and who spent the last 12 years toiling in the Far East.
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