Swafford claims maiden PGA title

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Hudson Swafford finished strongly to claim his first PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge at La Quinta, California on Sunday.

The 29-year old Swafford hit six birdies during a five-under 67 and finished with three birdies and a par to hold off the challenge of overnight leader Adam Hadwin to win by one shot and claim a spot in the Masters.

Hadwin couldn’t match his superb third-round 59, shooting a 70 to finish second.

Commenting on his maiden victory, Swafford sounded relieved to finally get a win under his belt: “They don't give them away out here. It's not easy,” he said.

“I've been close. I've been in the heat lately. Just keep putting myself in position, and this just feels unbelievable.”

Hadwin, meanwhile, was a little down not to win following his heroics on Saturday.

“I can't help but be slightly disappointed,” Hadwin said. “I really wanted to come out here and kind of prove that yesterday was just kind of a continuation of some good play and kind of get it done today, but I got beat. I felt like I did all the right things. Just a couple shots here and there and who knows what could have happened. But an incredible week, my best finish ever.”

Brian Harman and Bud Cauley each shot 69s to finish tied for third place at 18 under.

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