Beckman wins as Durant stumbles
Cameron Beckman has won the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico by two shots.
Cameron Beckman produced his fourth consecutive sub-70 round on Sunday to win the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexco by two shots.
Having posted rounds of 65, 68, 69 over the first three days, the 40-year-old closed with a four-under-par 67 to finish on 15 under overall and secure the third Tour title of his career.
Beckman started his final round three strokes behind Joe Durant, who had set the pace from the outset, but the Floridian could only manage a 72 on Sunday and had to settle for joint second place alongside fellow American Brian Stuard (66).
Sweden’s Richard S Johnson carded a final round of 65 to end in a tie for fourth a further shot back alongside the US quartet of Skip Kendall (64), Briny Baird (68), Chad Collins (70) and JP Hayes (71).
Beckman was in no doubt as to what had been the key to his victory.
“Without question, putting,” he said. “I mean, I hit the ball well also, but this is probably the best I’ve putted in a long time – probably since the last time I won.
“I just put a new putter in play two weeks ago, and just absolutely putted beautifully on these greens.
“My caddie and I read them really well, too – just a beautiful week of putting.”
A birdie on the 17th on Sunday helped Beckman clinch the most comprehensive triumph of his three career titles to date.
He recalled: “The first one I won by a shot on the last hole. The last one I won in a play-off.
“So this one was a little bit easier, but still difficult.”
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