There were a few anxious moments in Adam Svensson’s first Web.com Tour victory on Wednesday, not the least of which was rookie Sungjae Im missing a 10-footer on the 72nd hole that would have forced a playoff.
“It’s a relief,” said Svensson, who couldn’t see Im’s birdie bid at the last. “Your heart is racing and when it’s over, it slows down and you realize what you’ve done. I’m just so thrilled I got the win and just so happy.”
Svensson, who bogeyed the 17th hole on Wednesday, made it to last year’s Web.com Finals, but finished one spot out of securing his PGA Tour card. His win on Wednesday put him at No. 2 on the money list, well within the top 25 who move on to the PGA Tour at the end of the season.
Svensson, who tied for 13th at last week’s Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, says he used last year’s disappointment as motivation for this season.
“It stings a little less,” said Svensson of Wednesday’s victory. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do going forward, but it’s nice,” he said.
“Obviously you want to get into the No. 1 spot, which is very difficult,” said Svensson, who collected a $108,000 first-place prize. “You want to try and get inside the top five or as high as you can.”
Down the stretch, Svensson got nervous and it showed on his tee shot at the 16th hole. With driver in hand, he hooked his drive into the trees on the left.
Svensson took a drop, in which his ball plugged in the sand and hit his third to 33 feet and drained the par-putt to remain in the lead.
“That was wild,” said Svensson. “I told my caddie, ‘I’m not leaving it short. It’s either in or going by.’”
Having made the bogey at the par three 17th, Svensson needed a birdie at the last to close out the tournament. He flared his second at the par five finishing hole right of the green in a deep swale. Svensson then sailed his chip past the pin just off the green.
Left with a slippery downhill putt, Svensson nestled his putt to within tap-in range to finish at 17 under par.
“I wasn’t trying to make it,” said Svensson. “I knew I had to two-putt and somehow, I just nestled it down there.”
With Svensson’s victory, 18 players from Canada have won 25 tournaments on the Web.com Tour. Ben Silverman was the last to add to the total with his triumph at last year’s Price Cutter Charity Championship.
“There are so many good Canadians coming up right now,” he said. “Canada has a lot of good players because of the programs they have in place. The Team Canada program is awesome.”
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