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Swafford wins first PGA Tour event with birdie blast

BREAKTHROUGH: Hudson Swafford had a streak of birdies in the final round to witn the CareerBuilder Challenge tournament.
BREAKTHROUGH: Hudson Swafford had a streak of birdies in the final round to witn the CareerBuilder Challenge tournament. Chris Carlson

GOLF: American Hudson Swafford broke through for his first PGA Tour victory when he carded a five-under-par 67 in the final round to win the CareerBuilder Challenge in LaQuinta, California.

The 29-year-old world No.204 came into the final round two shots behind leader Adam Hadwin and birdied three of the last four holes to finish on 20-under par.

Hadwin's Saturday round of 59 left him one clear of the field after the third round.

Swafford fired a sparkling last round to win by a shot in overcast conditions, holding off a late challenge by Canadian Hadwin.

He said his focus for the tournament was his posture.

"I felt like my posture was good all day and it just allowed the club to be in a perfect slot,” Swafford told Golf Channel.

"That's all we focused on this week. I had really good rhythm, was standing tall and was hitting it beautifully.

"I didn't make every putt I looked at but I felt like I was hitting some pretty good putts and to make three of the last four, and I felt like I actually made the one on the last hole, it was pretty special.”

Americans Brian Harman and Bud Cauley closed with 69s to tie for third at 18-under.

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