Berger Stumbles, Lowry Charges, Sepp Straka Wins Honda Classic
Daniel Berger opened the final round of the Honda Classic with a five shot lead over everyone in the field.
However, that quickly went away as Berger stumbled on the front nine, making a double-bogey on the par-5 third hole, and then bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes.
Meanwhile, Shane Lowry made birdies on the first and fourth holes to tie for the lead.
A birdie on the 11th hole would give him the solo lead.
Enter Sepp Straka.
After being a non-factor early on in the day, Straka birdied the ninth hole to turn at one-under par.
He then made birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to tie for the lead at nine under par.
On the par-5 18th hole, Straka’s eagle putt came up just short, resulting in a tap in birdie to give him the solo lead.
“I hit the ball really nice today and was able to take advantage, just hanging in there,” Straka told NBC after the round.
Lowry needed to birdie 18 to tie the tournament, but was unable too.
Berger needed an eagle to tie the tournament, but he put his second shot on 18 in the water, ending his tournament hopes and completing his stumble.
For Sepp Straka, this is his first PGA Tour win.
He is also first Austrian to win on the PGA Tour.