Hudson Swafford prevails at PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Club and Resort Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Hudson Swafford lost control of the tournament without ever losing any confidence he could hit the right shot when it counted.

Standing in the 13th fairway Sunday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, he had a four-shot lead. Walking off the 15th green, he was tied.

“Honestly, I hit one bad golf shot all day,” Swafford said of his 9-iron that he didn’t finish and led to the bogey on the 15th.

With the tournament on the line, he delivered.

Swafford hit a three-quarter 6-iron on the par-3 17th to 10 feet for birdie to regain the lead, and then reminded himself how well he had been putting when he stood over an 8-footer for par on the final hole for the victory.

“Its like, ‘Man, just hit another solid putt. Just one more solid putt,'” Swafford said.

He closed with a 3-under

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The clubs Hudson Swafford used to win the 2020 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship | Golf World

Chief among them is the Ping S55 6-iron that he stuffed to seven feet on the 174-yard par-3 17th, and he then converted the putt with his TaylorMade Spider X Chalk mallet to regain the lead he had kicked away over the final nine. Swafford had held a commanding lead before double bogeying the 13th hole and bogeying the 15th, putting him in a temporary three-way tie with Tyler McCumber and Mackenzie Hughes.

“It was like the shot at 17 at PGA West when I won,” said Swafford of the tee shot at the 71st hole on Sunday. “I was like man, you gotta step up and I hit a good, flighted 6-iron. I’ve done it 100,000 times. I love hitting that golf shot and man, it was a good one and an even better putt.”

Although that proved to be the deciding birdie for win No. 2, Swafford hit

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Corales Resort Championship Player Picks

This Sunday, the FanDuel/DFS community will be presented with the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Let’s take a look at the final round slate from a fantasy golf perspective!

Before I discuss my FanDuel player selections I want to clearly state that this article is specifically focused on the final round contest. The final round contest is vastly different with regard to scoring than the traditional contest offered by FanDuel for DFS golf.

If you are not familiar with the rules for the final round contest I recommend that you check out the FanDuel website for more details.

Here are my player selections for the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Henrik Stenson $10,800

Yes, I know that Stenson has not had any good results lately. Having stated that, I am going to take a chance on him in this final

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Hornet sting, birdies take Hudson Swafford to lead at PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — A hornet sting early and a bunch of birdies late carried Hudson Swafford to a 5-under 67 on Friday for a two-shot lead going into the weekend of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Joining him in the final group will be Sean O’Hair, who missed an entire year with a torn oblique and returned just in time for the COVID-19 pandemic to shut down golf.

Swafford played in the morning when it was humid along the Caribbean Sea but without much wind. He started on the back nine and it was largely uneventful, except for that hornet that stung him on the joint of his pinky finger while he reached for his putter after playing one hole.

“It started swelling up, so I was just kind of rubbing ice on it after tee shots for the first five, six holes on the back

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Straka in four-way tie for Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship lead

Sepp Straka is among four players tied for the one-stroke lead following the opening round of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Straka carded a seven-under-par 65 and he was joined by Scott Harrington, Hudson Swafford and Tyler McCumber atop the leaderboard in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

A Web.com Tour champion but eyeing his maiden PGA Tour title, Austria’s Straka was flawless on day one following an eagle and five birdies at Corales Golf Club.

Straka was the only player among the leaders to go bogey-free through 18 holes heading into Friday’s second round.

Zhang Xinjun and Joseph Bramlett are tied for fifth, while Ricky Barnes, Cameron Percy, Justin Suh, David Hearn, Kyle Stanley, Sean O’Hair, Jamie Lovemark, Brian Stuard, Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Brehm are a shot further back.

American Kelly Kraft enjoyed a stunning finish to his round, going eagle-par-eagle – including a

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We’re not at Winged Foot anymore and three other Thursday takeaways from the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship | Golf World

Another reminder you did not need: The U.S. Open at Winged Foot was just last week, and it was one we could remember for a long time, mainly for it potentially being the moment that Bryson DeChambeau broke the sport.

All this left the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the very unenviable spot of being the “oh, I guess that’s on” tournament of the week. But hey, sometimes those events produce some of the better feel-good stories of the PGA Tour season. We’d be on that happening again this week.

Here are our takeaways from Day 1 in the Dominican Republic.

We’re not at Winged Foot anymore

Just to be clear, this is not a knock. It just feels so unbelievably different from last week that it has to be pointed out. Everything from the fact that there are more than 80 players under par, to there being

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Recaps (Final Round): Wins The 2021 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship – Full Recap – CBS Sports

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Tyler McCumber was the only player to reach 8-under par Thursday in the Caribbean breeze until he dropped a shot on his 17th hole and fell into a four-way for the lead in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Sepp Straka was the only one at 7-under 65 who kept a clean card. He was joined by Hudson Swafford, who made two tough par saves late in his round, and Scott Harrington, who made bogey on the second-easiest hole on the Corales course at Puntacana Resort and Club.

They were one shot clear of Xinjun Zhang and Joseph Bramlett, while former Southern California star Justin Suh got his season off to a happy start and was among those at 67.

Straka’s round was highlighted by a 5-wood to 5 feet for eagle on the par-5 fourth hole early in his round. He also was

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Corales Golf Course – Par 72 – 7,666 yards
Field – 144 entrants
Purse – $4M

The Preview

Just days after Winged Foot’s thick rough and slick greens allowed only one under-par finisher at the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour now heads to Corales Golf Course in the Dominican Republic where extremely wide fairways welcome a B-list field of 144 entrants who should have no trouble securing birdie opportunities. Despite the underwhelming crew in attendance being headlined by names such as Mackenzie Hughes and Henrik Stenson, 500 FedExCup points and a trip to the 2021 Masters will be awarded to the winner. In addition to Corales’ generous landing areas off the tee, its greens are also spacious, placing an emphasis on Strokes Gained: Putting and proximity on approach shots.

Recent Champions

2019 – Graeme McDowell
2018 – Brice Garnett

Key

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2020 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship tee times, TV coverage, viewer’s guide | Golf World

For the first time in the event’s history, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will offer full FedExCup points to the winner of the Dominican Republic tournament.

Last year’s winner, Graeme McDowell, will return to defend his 2019 title. McDowell’s victory was his first in nearly five years, and he will be challenged this week by plenty of up-and-comers including Will Zalatoris—the top player on the Korn Ferry Tour who finished an impressive T-6 at last week’s U.S. Open—and 18-year-old former junior phenom Akshay Bhatia.

McDowell won last year with a final-round 69 including a monumental birdie on the par-3 17th to cement his place atop the leader board over Mackenzie Hughes and Chris Stroud.

The event will be played at Corales Golf Club, which presents a special challenge as the par-72, 7,666-yard course is one of the longest of the tour season and finishes up with a difficult

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