Garnett goes wire-to-wire for first PGA Tour title

Brice Garnett secured his first PGA Tour tittle with a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

The 34-year-old Garnett, a two-time winner last year on the Tour, finished at 18-under for a four stroke victory over fellow American, Keith Mitchell.

“When you get close to the lead on the PGA Tour, it’s an experience. It’s tough,” said Mitchell. “I’m not beating myself up for it, but I felt like today kind of showed me that I can do it.”

Garnett was the first player to secure a wire-to-wire victory on the PGA Tour since Aussie Marc Leishman won at the 2017 BMW Championship.

“I knew today was such a huge opportunity in my golfing career,” said Garnett.

“I had a buddy text me this morning and said, ‘You’re the only guy in the field who’s won twice in the last year, so go get another one.’ Drew on a lot of those experiences. It’s crazy. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of determination and a lot of support along the way.”

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In 2016, Garnett finished 177th on the PGA Tour and had to go to qualifying school to earn a place on the Tour for 2017. He tied for 19th at Q-school and then won two tournaments in 2017 to finish in first place in the regular season rankings, earning a return to the PGA Tour.

Before Sunday’s win, Garnett had played 88 times on the PGA Tour with his best result, a tied 6th back in 2014 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Former US Amateur champion Kelly Kraft fired a final day 5-under-par 67 which moved him into third position, his best finish on the PGA Tour this season, and his second top-10 in his last three tournaments.

Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones were the best of the Australians with Ogilvy finishing in a tie for 22nd position at 8-under and Jones a shot further back at 7-under and in a tie for 28th.

Cameron Percy made the weekend and finished in a tie for 54th at 2-under, with Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers and Steven Bowditch missed the cut.

The win, in an alternate-field event that ran concurrently with the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, gives Garnett a two-year tour exemption and grants him entry into the Players Championship, the Memorial, the PGA Championship and next year’s Tournament of Champions.