Playa del Carmen - American Patton Kizzire battled through
numerous weather delays to capture his first PGA Tour title on Sunday by
winning the OHL Classic on a 36-hole final day.
Kizzire fired a four-under 67 in the final round at the
Playa del Carmen course to edge Rickie Fowler by one stroke with a 19-under
265, capping a tournament that was delayed for over seven hours because of
The 31-year-old Kizzire won his first tournament in 63 US
Tour appearances by holding a share of the lead after each round.
"I was glad to get it done," Kizzire said.
"Rickie made me work hard."
He shot a 66 in the third round early Sunday morning then
returned in the afternoon to close it out with a 67.
Fowler also fired a 67 and finished the tournament at
18-under. He shot a 65 in the opening round and posted 67s in each of the final
Fowler set the stage for a dramatic final hole finish by
making long birdie putts on Nos. 16 and 17.
On No 18, Fowler's birdie attempt was short while Kizzire's
approach shot landed near the hole. Kizzire tapped in the winning putt to seal
By winning the event, Kizzire clinched a two-year exemption
on the PGA Tour along with spots in the field at the Tournament of Champions at
Kapalua and PGA Championship.
South Korea's Kim Si Woo finished with a 65 to claim third,
four shots adrift of Kizzire. He was foiled by a double bogey on 14.
Charles Howell (66) and Martin Piller (65) finished five
Scores after Sunday's final round of the USPGA Tour's OHL Classic (par-71, USA unless noted):
265 - Patton Kizzire 62-70-66-67
266 - Rickie Fowler 65-67-67-67
269 - Kim Si-Woo (KOR) 67-68-69-65
270 - Charles Howell 68-70-66-66, Martin Piller 66-68-71-65
271 - Ryan Moore 70-66-67-68, Scott Brown 67-69-66-69
272 - John Oda 68-65-69-70
273 - Brian Stuard 69-70-69-65, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 71-69-65-68, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 69-67-70-67, Russell Knox (SCO) 68-68-69-68