March 6 (Bloomberg) -- 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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