South Surrey’s Adam Svensson won his first-ever Web.com Tour event Wednesday in the Bahamas. (File photo)

UPDATED: South Surrey golfer wins first-ever Web.com Tour event

Adam Svensson wins Great Abaco Classic in Bahamas Wednesday afternoon

South Surrey golfer Adam Svensson has his first win on the Web.com Tour, after winning the Great Abaco Classic in the Bahamas Wednesday.

Svensson – who earned his card for the Web.com tour after winning a qualifying tournament in 2015 – shot a four-round score of -17 at the Bahamas tournament, edging South Korea’s Sungjae Im by one stroke for first place.

The 24-year-old Earl Marriott Secondary alum shot three rounds of 68 – plus a third-round score of 67 – on the par-72 course in Great Abaco, Bahamas. Im missed a 10-foot putt on the final hole of the tournament that, had he sunk it, would have forced a head-to-head playoff-hole showdown between the two young golfers.

“It’s a relief,” said Svensson, who couldn’t see Im’s birdie bid. “Your heart is racing and when it’s over it slows down, and you realize what you’ve done. I’m just so thrilled I got the win and just so happy.”

Svensson, who now lives and golfs out of West Palm Beach, Fla., was chasing leader Willy Wilcox after three rounds, but his four-under par final round, coupled with a one-over par round from Wilcox – who ended up tied for fourth – vaulted him up the leaderboard in the final round.

The victory – which came in Svensson’s 58th career Web.com event – was also a relief for Svensson, considering he missed the cut at two Bahamas events to start last year’s golf season, which put him in an uphill battle the rest of the way; ultimately, he finished one spot out of securing his PGA Tour card.

“It stings a little less (now),” he said, regarding missing out on his PGA card. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do going forward, but it’s nice.”

With the win, Svensson – who picked up $108,000 for the first-place finish – moves up to No. 2 on the Web.com Tour money list.

Nerves nearly got the best of the golfer down the stretch of Wednesday’s final round. On the 16th hole, he hooked his tee shot into trees on the left-hand side of the fairway, and was forced to take a drop (penalty). His ball then plugged into the sand, but he hit his third shot to within 33 feet of the hole, and drained a long putt to save par.

“That was wild,” he said. “I told my caddie, ‘I’m not leaving it short. It’s either in or it’s going by.’”

After a bogey on the 17th hole, he needed to birdie the 18th in order to secure the win. He again got himself in a little hot water, however – his second shot on the par-5 hole sailed to the right of the green, then his chip shot went past the pin, and just off the green. A long downhill putt on his next shot gave him a tap-in to finish at -17 for the tournament.

“I wasn’t trying to make it,” said Svensson, about his birdie putt on 18. “I knew I had to two-putt and somehow I just nestled it down there.”

Svensson’s victory drew the attention of another pro golfer with Semiahmoo Peninsula ties. After the win, PGA Tour pro Adam Hadwin – an Abbotsford native who lists Morgan Creek as his home course – tweeted his congratulations to Svensson.

“Keep doing your thing and we’ll see you here shortly,” he wrote.

Just Posted

Noted fiddlers bring kids to Surrey stage for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’ concert

Bell theatre date for Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy as they reunite for 23-city tour of Canada

Surrey/White Rock MLAs criticize, defend referendum on ‘most important question’

NDP MLA says ‘fear-mongering’ unwarranted; Liberals ‘frustrated’ by process

Surrey-based business donates $1M to hospital’s children centre improvements

Surrey Hospital Foundation kicks off campaign for ‘transformation’ of children’s centre

Surrey opera singer brings Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ to Vancouver stage

Nancy Hasiuk-Lay has been hailed for her ‘sparkling and crystalline vocal tone’

North Delta family raising money for brain cancer treatment

23-year-old Tashina Janus and her family are raising funds to get her immunotherapy in the U.S.

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

Surrey mayor claims he can extend Skytrain for the $1.65 billion already committed to light rail

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Most Read

l -->