PGA Tour news: Canada's Adam Svensson wins first title at RSM Classic

Canadian Adam Svensson captured his maiden PGA Tour title at the RSM Classic on Sunday after sinking a couple of clutch birdie putts on the closing holes.

The 28-year-old from British Columbia fired a bogey-free, six-under par 64 that included two nerve-jangling birdie putts on 16 and 17, both of which went into the hole to hand Svensson the title with a 19-under-par total of 263 at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

"It's not even real right now. I'm just so happy," Svensson said. "I put so much work in. To win on the PGA Tour means everything to me."

Second place went to England's Callum Tarren, who also fired a 64, and Americans Sahith Theegala and Brian Harman, the trio finishing two shots back.

Svensson still held a share of the lead before rolling in a 18-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole.

"I just tried to make no bogeys," he said. "I didn't even look at the scoreboard until maybe 16. I just said if I make no bogeys, I'm putting well, so that's what I did. It's just unbelievable."

He followed by sinking a tricky downhill putt from just outside 10 feet at the par-3 17th.

"I was feeling pretty good over them," Svensson said. "That one at 17 I didn't think was going to go in. Somehow the golf gods let it in.

"It has been an up and down journey. I've had lows. I've had highs. But I just kept believing in myself and here I am.

"Two years ago I made a decision to give it 100%. There was no going back or I was quitting because I was going the wrong way. It was a good choice."

Svensson's best prior PGA finish was a sixth place at the Barbasol Championship in July.

Currently ranked 174th in the world, he can expect a big jump in the rankings come Monday.

The 2022-23 PGA Tour season will shut down until January's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, although the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge will take place in early December.

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