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Honda Classic: Keith Mitchell Gets First PGA Tour Victory

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Ryan Palmer (63) and Lucas Glover (66) tied for fourth at seven under.

For a while, it looked as if Palmer might steal the tournament. He was tied for 48th after the opening round, tied for 51st after 36 holes and tied for 39th when the final round began. But he started with four birdies on the way to going out in 29 — the first player to ever do that in a final round at the Honda. He rolled in a 25-footer from just off the green for birdie at the par-4 16th and then stuck his tee shot to 6 feet and made birdie at the par-3 17th.

When he finished at 2:32 p.m., he was two shots back, and the final group was on the fifth hole.

“I’ve got an outside chance, for sure,” Palmer said when he was done.

About two hours later, he was in the outright lead. Not long after that, he was in a six-way tie atop the leader board. And his chance lasted until 5:07 p.m., when Koepka tapped in for birdie to take the clubhouse lead at eight under.

Koepka was good. Fowler was good.

Mitchell was just one swing better.

Singh, a 56-year-old who was bidding to become the oldest winner of a PGA Tour event ever, was right there until the end. Singh, who has not won on this tour since 2008, settled for sixth outright after a final-round 70.

Clark, the third-round leader, was two shots clear of everybody when he made an uphill putt from just right of the green on the par-4 fourth, that birdie making him 9 under. But he made bogeys on four of his next eight holes.

The defending champion, Justin Thomas, shot 71 to tie for 30th. Thomas, who has taken to Twitter to criticize rule changes, will meet with the United States Golf Association in the coming days to discuss the modernized Rules of Golf that took effect this year, said John Bodenhamer, a U.S.G.A. official.

6TH L.P.G.A. TITLE FOR PARK Second-ranked Sung Hyun Park was four strokes behind top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn at the start of the final round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.


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