Hudson Swafford birdied three of his last four holes to claim his first career PGA TOUR victory

Hudson Swafford

La Quinta, Calif.                   Jan. 16-22, 2017               Purse: $5,800,000 ($1,044,000 to the winner)                                

                                                                                      500 FedExCup points to winner

(SC) Stadium/PGA West                                                                                                                                     Par/Yards: 72/7,113

(NT) Nicklaus Tournament/PGA West                                                                                                                Par/Yards: 72/7,159

(LQ) La Quinta Country Club                                                                                                                             Par/Yards: 72/7,060


Final-Round Notes – Sunday, January 22, 2017


Weather: Mostly cloudy, with intermittent rain in the afternoon. High of 61. Wind SSE 8-15 mph.


Final-Round Leaderboard

Hudson Swaffor d          65-65-71-67—268 (-20) LQ-NT-SC-SC

Adam Hadwin               71-69-59-70—269 (-19) NT-SC-LQ-SC

Bud Cauley                   69-67-65-69—270 (-18) NT-SC-LQ-SC

Brian Harman               67-65-69-69—270 (-18) NT-SC-LQ-SC


Hudson Swafford

Beginning the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge two strokes off the lead at 15-under 201, Hudson Swafford birdied three of his last four holes (Nos. 15-17) to claim his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 93rd career PGA TOUR start at the age of 29 years, 4 months, 13 days.


Swafford won by a stroke over Canada’s Adam Hadwin at 20-under 268, a day after Hadwin fired a 13-under 59 at La Quinta Country Club.


With the win, Swafford earns 500 FedExCup points to move up from No. 69th to No. 6 in the FedExCup standings with 569 points. It took 454 points to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2015-16. Swafford has made it to the Playoffs each of the past two seasons.


With the win, Swafford earns a spot into the 2017 Masters Tournament and, if not already exempt, THE PLAYERS Championship, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, PGA Championship and 2018 SBS Tournament of Champions.


Swafford becomes the eighth player in the 58-year history of the CareerBuilder Challenge to make the tournament his first PGA TOUR victory: Bill Rogers (1978), Craig Stadler (1980), Donnie Hammond (1986), Charley Hoffman (2007), Pat Perez (2009), Bill Haas (2010) and Jhonattan Vegas (2011).


Swafford was making his fourth start at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week, with a T25 in his first start of 2014 his previous-best showing.


Swafford was making his sixth start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, with a T13 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii being his previous-best showing.


Swafford’s made cut this week was his 19th straight. His last missed ct was the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.


Swafford, a University of Georgia product, becomes the 11th different Bulldog to win on the PGA TOUR and first since Bubba Watson at last year’s Genesis Open.


Since the event went to 72 holes in 2012, only two of the eventual winners have now come from behind in the final round to win; Brian Gay in 2013 and Hudson Swafford in 2017.


Through 10 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR this season, six players have now managed to come from behind in the final round to claim victory.


Swafford’s win marks his fourth career top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR since his rookie season of 2013-14. His best finish before this week were a pair of T8s at the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii and 2015 Safeway Open.


Swafford’s 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 6-6-1-1


Swafford’s career PGA TOUR starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 93-57-4-1


About Hudson Swafford

Birthdate: September 9, 1987

Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida

Resides: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Family: Wife, Katherine

Height/Weight:  6-3, 200

Turned Pro: 2011 Tour Graduate: 2013, 2014

Joined PGA TOUR: 2013-14


Adam Hadwin

On the heels of his 13-under 59 at La Quinta Country Club in round three to take a one-stroke lead into the final round at 17-under 199, Canada’s Adam Hadwin posted a 2-under 70 in Sunday’s final round to come up a stroke shy of Hudson Swafford at 19-under 269.


Hadwin was in search of his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 73rd start this week. His previous-best finish on TOUR was T4 at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.


Hadwin became the first player from Canada to post the elusive score, the second player to do so in the CareerBuilder Challenge (David Duval/1999), the fourth to achieve the feat on a par-72 layout and the eighth different player to record a score of sub-60.


Here’s a look at how the other eight players fared after shooting 59 (or better) in their respective event(s):








Al Geiberger

FedEx St. Jude Classic




Chip Beck

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open




David Duval

CareerBuilder Challenge




Paul Goydos

John Deere Classic




Stuart Appleby

Greenbrier Classic




Jim Furyk

BMW Championship




Jim Furyk (58)

Travelers Championship




Justin Thomas

Sony Open in Hawaii




Adam Hadwin

CareerBuilder Challenge




Had Hadwin won, it would have marked the first time since 2007 that two Canadians have won in the same season on the PGA TOUR. Mackenzie Hughes previously won The RSM Classic in November. In 2007, Mike Weir won the Safeway Open and Stephen Ames won the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.


Hadwin would have become the 14th Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR; George Knudson, Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt, Stan Leonard, Richard Zokol, Dan Halldorson, Dave Barr, Al Balding, Jules Huot, Al Johnston, Stephen Ames, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes. (Ames and Johnston became Canadian citizens prior to winning).


Hadwin was making his sixth start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week. He is coming off a T10 finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a T11 finish at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf with Team Canada teammate David Hearn.




Brian Harman

Beginning the final round two strokes off Adam Hadwin’s lead at 15-under 201, Brian Harman posted a final-round 3-under 69 to finish T3 with Bud Cauley.


In four previous starts at the CareerBuilder Challenge, the 2014 John Deere Classic’s best finish is a T11 in 2016.


Harman was making his seventh start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season and is coming off a T20 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.


Harman celebrated his 30th birthday Thursday.


Bud Cauley

In his 100th career start on the PGA TOUR, Bud Cauley snapped a streak of four straight missed cuts with a T3 finish, his best showing since finishing alone in third at the 2012 Wyndham Championship.


Cauley holed his third shot for an eagle on the par-5 11th hole from 103 yards to take a share of the lead. He added a birdie at No. 14 to post a 3-under 69. His lone bogey of the day came at the par-4 ninth hole.


Cauley ranked first this week in Strokes Gained: Approach The Green (6.832).


Cauley made a return to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 121st-place finish on the 2015-16 FedExCup points list. In 99 starts on the PGA TOUR, Cauley’s best showings are solo-thirds at the 2011 Safeway Open and 2012 Wyndham Championship.


This marked Cauley’s fifth start at the CareerBuilder Challenge, with a T14 last year his previous-best showing.


Dominic Bozzelli

PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli came into this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge on the heels of three straight missed cuts. Things changed quickly, as the New York native posted a Stadium Course record 8-under 64 in round one to take the 18-hole lead. Ensuing scores of 67-69-71 resulted in a solo-fifth-place finish at 17-under 271.


Bozzelli was making his sixth start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season, with a T35 at the Safeway Open his best showing before this week.


Bozzelli, who took runner-up honors in the individual portion of the 2013 NCAA Championship while at Auburn University, made his way to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 24th-place finish on the 2016 Tour priority list. On that Tour last season, he won the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic by four strokes.


Chad Campbell
2006 CareerBuilder Challenge winner Chad Campbell followed an eagle-three at No. 5 with a triple-bogey six at the next hole en route to a 1-under 71. Campbell finished T6 at 16-under 272.


This marked Campbell’s 15th appearance at the CareerBuilder Challenge and is his best finish on the PGA TOUR since a T3 at the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic.


Campbell, a University of Nevada-Las Vegas alum, was in search of his fifth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2007 Sanderson Farms Championship.


Additional player notes

Brendan Steele closed with a 2-under 70 to finish T6 in his seventh start in the CareerBuilder Challenge. He finished T2 in the event in 2015.


Steele has now been in the top 10 after six of his last nine rounds at the CareerBuilder Challenge, dating to the final round of 2015.


CareerBuilder Challenge Ambassador and two-time winner of the event (2000, 2004) Phil Mickelson posted scores of 68-66-73-70—277 (-11) to finish T21. This marked Mickelson’s 14th start in the event, dating to 1993.


2014 CareerBuilder Challenge champion Patrick Reed (T12) holds the record for most birdies at this event, with 40.


With his T58 finish this week, Steven Bowditch ended a streak of 10 straight missed cuts, dating to June of last year.


Miscellaneous Notes

Eleven past champions of the CareerBuilder Challenge were in the field: Phil Mickelson/ 2002, 2004 (T21), Chad Campbell/2006 (T6), Bill Haas/2010, 2015 (T17), Jhonattan Vegas/2011 (T34), Patrick Reed/2014 (T12), Jason Dufner/2016 (T25), Mark Brooks/1996 (MC), Charley Hoffman/2007 (MC), D.J. Trahan/2008 (MC), Mark Wilson/2012 (MC) and Brian Gay/2013 (MC).


Scoring Averages                                R1                    R2                    R3                    R4

Stadium Course                                                71.423              71.173              72.596              71.299

Nicklaus Tournament Course                70.327              70.365              71.538

La Quinta Country Club                         70.154              69.731              69.019


Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Zac Blair (67), Steven Bowditch (70), Dominic Bozzelli (64), Keegan Bradley (69), Ryan Brehm (70), Stewart Cink (70), Bryson DeChambeau (70), Brian Gay (70), J.J. Henry (70), Charles Howell III (67), Michael Kim (66), Patton Kizzire (65), Bryce Molder (69), Geoff Ogilvy (67), Greg Owen (67), Scott Stallings (67) and Jhonattan Vegas (65).

R2: Dominic Bozzelli (67), Bud Cauley (67), Jason Dufner (66), Kevin Kisner (69), Martin Laird (66), Danny Lee (64), Jon Rahm (66), Brendan Steele (64) and Hudson Swafford (65).

R3: Roberto Castro (70), Alex Cejka (67), Martin Flores (71), Andres Gonzales (65), Bill Haas (68), Adam Hadwin (59), Whee Kim (63), Anirban Lahiri (64), Francesco Molinari (66), Cameron Percy (68), Chez Reavie (67), Ollie Schniederjans (69) and Vaughn Taylor (67).

R4: Jason Dufner (68) and Brendan Steele (70).