Honda Classic Recap: Mitchell Gets First Tour Win
Honda Classic Recap: Mitchell Gets First Tour Win

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

When Rickie Fowler birdied the 18th hole to tie Brooks Koepka for the clubhouse lead late on Sunday afternoon at the Honda Classic, it sure looked as if we were headed for a heavyweight playoff, the kind we don't see every day. Or every year.

Sure, Keith Mitchell was also at 8-under, but he was in a bad spot in a fairway bunker on the par-5, 552-yard finishing hole. If the unheralded Mitchell made it a three-way playoff, so be it. Golf fans would still be treated to Koepka-Fowler. That looked like a near certainty after Mitchell took two more swings and still was 15 feet 6 inches from the hole, needing to make that birdie putt to win in regulation.

Consider all the factors at play: Mitchell is one of the worst putters on Tour, entering the week ranked 218th in strokes gained: putting. How bad is 218? The list goes only 220 deep. Putting from that distance had a Tour success rate of 21 percent. But when you factor in a horrible putter taking the biggest stroke of his life and trying to win his first career tournament, we'd guess rate that success rate drops under 10 percent.

"A life-changing moment right here if he can hole this," NBC's Paul Azinger said in his hushed golf voice.

By now you know where we're going. And where the ball is going: right in the bottom of the cup.

And now we know where Mitchell, a 27-year-old Georgia alum, is

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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