Rory Sabbatini Wins PGA Golf Tour's Honda Classic by One Shot Over Yang

Rory Sabbatini won golf’s Honda Classic by one stroke over former champion Y.E. Yang for his sixth victory on the U.S. PGA Tour and first since 2009.

Sabbatini, 34, carried a five-shot lead into the final round and scored an even-par 70 at PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sabbatini finished at 9-under par for the tournament, having taken the lead by shooting 64-66 during the second and third rounds.

South Africa’s Sabbatini, who began the tournament 102nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, receives $1 million for his first PGA Tour win since the Byron Nelson Championship in May 2009.

Yang, who in 2009 won the Honda Championship and PGA Championship, closed with a 4-under 66 that included three birdies over his final six holes. He sank a 9-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th hole before Sabbatini tapped in for a par that clinched the victory.

Jerry Kelly finished third at 7-under, with Ricky Barnes three shots further back in fourth place and Tommy Gainey in fifth at 3-under. Graeme McDowell, who’s ranked fourth in the world, tied the course record with a final-round 64 to finish in a tie for sixth place at 2-under.

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