Higgo hangs tough for first Tour triumph

15 June 2021 23:50:03 GMTPlus10

South African youngster Garrick Higgo admits he had to scramble his way to a maiden PGA Tour victory at the Palmetto Championship.

Higgo held his nerve to claim a one-shot victory at Congaree, where Dustin Johnson, who is 17.00 to win this week's US Open at Torrey Pines, finished in a share of tenth place, three shots behind the winner.

World number one Johnson started his tournament with a round of 65 but a 73 on Saturday set him back while champion Higgo was a model of consistency, shooting 68, 69, 68 and 68 to finish top of a crowded leaderboard.

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The 22-year-old's victory has earned him a place on the PGA Tour until the end of the 2023 season as well as a spot in next year's Masters at Augusta.

Higgo had already won three times on the European Tour and finished tied for 64th on his Major debut at last month's US PGA Championship.

Rivals were stacking up behind him on the final day at Congaree and he finished on 11 under par, one shot clear of a group of six players including Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and 54-hole leader Chesson Hadley.

Asked about how it felt to get over the line, Higgo told reporters: "I'm just proud of the way I hung in there. It was tough all the way from the start.

"I definitely didn't have my A game off the tee, but I like that sometimes. I like not having to play perfect golf. I enjoy scrambling and making a couple of putts, which I did, which was awesome."

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