Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Recap: Swafford Swoops In

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Recap: Swafford Swoops In

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Even on an NFL Sunday, even on the mad-scramble final day of baseball's regular season, even in the weakest field on the PGA Tour in years, there can be drama in a little ol' golf tournament.

Hudson Swafford, trying to make it back from some lean years, overcame a hornet sting on Friday – but more importantly, incredible nerves on the back nine Sunday – to win his second career PGA Tour event. Officially, the tournament is the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship but to the 33-year-old Swafford it could simply be called his career's "second chance."

Since winning the old Bob Hope tournament in 2017, Swafford had registered only nine top-25s in his ensuing 75 events, undergone foot surgery in July 2019 and saw his world ranking plummet into the 400s.

"The last two years have been tough," Swafford said on NBC right after he won.

So you could see how a hornet sting would barely register. He got stung after the first hole Friday but still managed to emerge with the 36-hole lead. A bigger impediment arose late on Sunday.

Swafford was cruising along with a four-stroke lead until a double-bogey on 13 and then a bogey on 15 cost him sole possession of the lead. But he never lost at least a share, and after making a clutch birdie on the par-3 17th, he had it back outright. All he needed was a par on 18. Following a perfect drive left him in the middle

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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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