PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Canadian Adam Svensson cruised to a seven-shot victory on Sunday at PGA National Resort & Spa to earn medalist honors at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. The 21-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, carded a 1-over 72 on the Champion Course for a 20-under 266 total.
"It’s huge," said Svensson, who collected a check for $25,000 and earned fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2016. "It’s always tough to win at any level, so I just tried to have fun."
Jason Millard (70) and Ian Davis (69) took home a share of second at 13-under 273 and head a list of players from Nos. 2-10 who will be exempt through the third reshuffle.
Former Auburn standout Dominic Bozzelli (70) was alone in fourth at 12-under 274.
With the wind whipping through Palm Beach Gardens most of the day, Svensson could feel the pressure of being in contention weighing on him. The former Barry University Buccaneer made key saves throughout the final round, which allowed him to maintain his hefty lead. When he two putted the 72nd green for par, Svensson exhaled and realized he was one step closer to his dream.
With the 2016 Web.com Tour Regular Season set to begin in Panama City, Panama, at the Panama Claro Championship in late January, Svensson’s mission is clear.
"My goal is to win out there and get my PGA TOUR card," he said.
The Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament is a four-day, 72-hole competition that ended on Sunday, December 13 at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course (CC) and Fazio Course (FC).
The famous stretch of golf that consists of holes 15-17 on the Champion Course, known as "The Bear Trap," once again provided players with a tough test. The par 3s (Nos. 15 and 17) tied for the second toughest holes between the two courses, while the par-4 16th finished as the fourth toughest.
There were nearly 1,000 entries for the tournament, which included previous Pre-Qualifying, First and Second stages that began in August.
Players in this event competed for positions on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority ranking, which will be used to form tournament fields. The medalist is guaranteed fully-exempt status next year. Players #2-10 (and ties) will be subject to the third reshuffle next year and players #11-45 (and ties) will be subject to the second reshuffle.
Adam Svensson weathered breezy conditions on Sunday to become the second consecutive Canadian to win the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Edmonton, Alberta, native Brad Fritsch posted 27 under par last year in 108 holes to win by seven shots over Andrew Landry. Svensson, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, won by seven strokes in 72 holes and is fully exempt for the 2016 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
Svensson led the field in Scrambling for the week (13 of 16), including 5 of 6 conversions in the final round. He also finished third in Driving Accuracy (46 of 56).
Svensson is part of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad, which was developed in partnership with the PGA of Canada to bridge the gap for top graduating amateurs transitioning into professional golf and gives its members exemptions into select Mackenzie Tour events. There were three other members of the Young Pro Squad in the field this week: Mackenzie Hughes (T21), Albin Choi (T14) and Taylor Pendrith (T14).
After beginning the week with a 1-under 70 on the Champion Course, 24-year-old Ian Davis vaulted up the leader board with back-to-back 67s to move into the top 10. The Oklahoma State product secured Web.com Tour exempt status through the third reshuffle with a 2-under 69 in the final round for a T2 finish.
Conquering "The Bear Trap" is typically a recipe for success on the Champion Course, and Davis was able to shoot 2-under over two trips through the challenging three-hole stretch.
A native of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Davis finished with four top 10s in his rookie season on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in 2015. He finished T4 at the Lexus Panama Classic and T7 at both the 68th Avianca Colombia Open and the Honduras Open before recording his best finish of the season at the All you need is Ecuador Open with a T2.
Among other players with Oklahoma ties, Talor Gooch, Michael Gellerman and Hunter Haas all tied for 93rd at 4 over par. Gooch is from Midwest City and played for Oklahoma State, while Gellerman and Haas played for the University of Oklahoma. Former Tulsa player Chris Worrell tied for 136th at 10 over.