Beginning the final round one shot back of 54-hole leader Lucas Glover, World No. 451 Rod Pampling, a pre-tourney 250/1 outright, spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on 20-under 264, two clear of Brooks Koepka and three better than Glover, who shot 69.
The 47-year-old, the first- and second-round leader, claims his third PGA TOUR title in his 342nd career start, first since the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Making his seventh Shriners appearance, first since T68 in 2012, he led by two after a course-record-tying 60 in R1, and led by one at the midpoint with 68, just his second career 36-hole lead/co-lead (2006 DEAN & DELUCA, solo 3rd). The Aussie, who got into the field on a clerical error, dipped to T2 with a third-round 71. Playing with Glover and Koepka in the final group, he went out in blemish-free 4-under to reclaim the lead by one before bogeys on 10 and 12. The Web.com Tour grad bounced back with three straight birdies on 13-15 and walked off with a 32-footer for birdie-3 at the 18th. The win, his first in his last 221 events, comes with a two-year exemption and among other goodies, a return trip to the Masters.
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