La Jolla, CA- They say the cream rises to the top and rookie Matthieu Pavon did just that on 72 hole with a birdie to secure the victory. Playing in the final group just one shot back to start the day 1 shot behind the 54th leader looking to match Stephan Jaeger shot for shot.
But it was third golfer Nicolai Højgaard who tried to take the victory away with his own birdie on 18th hole as well finishing one shot behind with (-12) 276.
The fans saw a battle all round from the last paring group who tee off together at 11:10 on the South Course of Torrey Pines. Pavon final round of 69 for total of 275 (-13) finish at the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open.
” I still can’t believe it. As I said, it feels like there is another round to play tomorrow because we’re only Saturday,” said Pavon “I can’t thank the PGA TOUR enough to give us the opportunity to come from Europe and compete here in America against the best players in the world. That’s always been the dream for me. I got finally a shot and I took it. I mean, it’s a dream come true and it’s a little bit hard to believe.”
After giving the field a bleak gleam of light dropping on shot on the 17th hole and having to forget that hole and take the 18th tee with everything to gain and everything to lose.
“That was the right time to prove I have the guts to finish that tournament and I did it so I’m so happy about that last hole,” said Pavon.
The rookie showed his confidence by betting on himself and playing it safe for the playoff. Now being a champion requires major decisions and better on your golf swing.
Højgaard battled and grind to keep the group close waiting to see who would succeed last year winner Max Homa who was in the field but didn’t challenge the leaders.
And obviously you’ve got to enjoy this as well. You’ve got to take your losses with a smile sometimes because it makes you stronger. I definitely, I’ll definitely do my best to get a couple shots better,” said Højgaard.
Now the West Coast swing moves on with Pebble Beach and the Genesis coming for these golfers next opportunity to work on there game to move up the rankings.