Sepp Straka wins the PGA Tour Honda Classic.

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Sepp Straka is going back to Georgia in a few weeks. He heads to the Masters, having pulled off a huge comeback to win the Honda Classic.

Straka, down five strokes early in the final round, birdied in the rain on the final hole and ended up beating Shane Lowry by one stroke to become the first Austrian winner in PGA Tour history. He shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to finish 10 under and earn $1.44 million.

Lowry shot his third straight round of 67, his 9 under for the coming week a short. First-round leader Kurt Kitayama (68) was only third at 8 under, and Daniel Berger – who led by six strokes with 19 holes to play in the tournament – ​​simply slumped on Sunday, his round of 74 leaving him 7 under for the week and three strokes behind Straka.

Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to his shot on the ninth green during the final round of the Honda Classic.

Lowry had to make a 45-footer for a birdie on the last hole to force a playoff. He missed, and with that, the Honda got a new champion – one who entered the week ranked No. 176 in the world, was never higher than No. 129 on this list, and whose fame in as a pro was likely to be the first-round leader at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez hit his second hole-in-one of the tournament and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Cologuard Classic.

Jimenez started the final round with a two-stroke lead and got off to a birdie-eagle start at Tucson National. Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer cut the lead to three with a birdie at the par-5 12th, but Jimenez called with one of his own in the group behind.

The 58-year-old Spaniard ended any hopes of a late rally with an ace on the 14th par-3 from 186 yards to match the one he had at No. 7 in the first round. Jimenez closed with four straight pars to finish at 18-under 198 and win for the second time in three PGA Tour Champions starts this season.

Langer shot 65 to tie Woody Austin (66) at 14 under.

Jimenez won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric championship in Hawaii and finished fifth last week at the Chubb Classic in Florida. He opened the Cologuard Classic with a 66, thanks in part to his ace, and overcame two errant closing drives to shoot 67 in the second round.

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