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Brice Garnett Regains PGA TOUR Status Thanks to Play-Off Victory in Puerto Rico Open

Brice Garnett Regains PGA TOUR Status Thanks to Play-off Victory in Puerto Rico Open
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Brice Garnett holed a 15-foot birdie on the fourth play-off hole to beat Erik Barnes and seal victory in the Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve Golf Club.

The 40-year-old American closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish on 19 under while Barnes matched his final total with a final-round 68 to force the play-off.

The play-off took place at the par-five 18th which saw the pair match scores in their first three attempts but on the fourth, Barnes narrowly missed from 12 feet after Garnett’s birdie which secured him his second triumph on the PGA TOUR.

His only previous victory on the PGA TOUR came in the 2018 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Garnett’s triumph signifies the renewal of his PGA TOUR card for the next three years, whilst also securing his spot in both the upcoming PLAYERS Championship and PGA Championship.

“It’s huge,” Garnett said. “Three more years on this tour, some events that I get in, the opportunities to get into bigger events. It was really a lot of unknowns this year and I just wanted to start with a stress-free beginning to the year.”

There was a three-way tied for third that featured American pair Jimmy Stanger and Hayden Springer, and also France’s Victor Perez, who all ended the tournament on 18 under.

The next event on the PGA TOUR Schedule is the THE PLAYERS Championship taking place between 14-17 March at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.