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Chad Ramey wins windswept Corales Puntacana Championship for first PGA Tour title


PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Chad Ramey gained the windswept Corales Puntacana Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Ben Martin and Alex Smalley by a stroke.

Ramey closed with a 5-under 67, finishing a two-putt par on the par-4 18th after Martin missed a 6-foot birdie strive that might have compelled a playoff.

“It was honestly like I always thought it would be,” Ramey stated. “It was very stressful, very nerve-wracking coming down the stretch, but I just grinded it out, kind of stuck to my process, stayed within myself and pulled it out.”

Two strokes behind Martin coming into the spherical, Ramey made 4 straight birdies on Nos. 13-16 to take the lead and parred the par-3 seventeenth at Corales Golf Course.

“I’ve been rolling the putter good all day, they just hadn’t been going in,” Ramey stated. “I was kind of all around the hole on the front side. I didn’t change a thing, I didn’t do anything different. They just started going in.”

With the event performed reverse the Match Play occasion in Austin, Texas, Ramey earned an exemption into the PGA Championship however not the Masters. The 29-year-old from Mississippi completed at 17-under 271.

“I think it will take maybe a day or two to sink in,” Ramey stated. “Everything’s pretty surreal, happening pretty fast, but I’m definitely excited.”

Martin, the chief after every of the primary three rounds, closed with a 70. The 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Kids Open winner for his lone PGA Tour title, Martin was making solely his second PGA Tour begin of the yr.

“That was obviously difficult,” Martin stated. “I’ve won out here before, won on the Korn Ferry, runner-up in the U.S. Am, but I guess maybe I wanted this one a lot more. I don’t think I’ve ever been this emotional about golf, so this is a first. I guess, to me, that’s a good thing. Means I competed hard and it obviously stung. Hit two such good shots into 18 to have such a good opportunity and then not capitalize I guess is the most difficult part.”

Smalley completed with a 67. The tour rookie from Duke had his greatest PGA Tour end.

“Successful week,” Smalley stated. “Kind of stings a little bit to come up a shot short. Left my 20-footer on the last 6 inches short right in the middle. Whatever’s meant to be is meant to be, so I take a lot of positives from this week.”

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela shot a 68 to tie for fourth with Cameron Percy (67) at 15 beneath.

Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard (67) was 14 beneath. Twin brother Nicolai, the highest-ranked participant within the subject at No. 77, missed the reduce.

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