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Matthieu Pavon Makes History With Victory at Farmers Insurance Open

Matthieu Pavon Makes History With Victory at Farmers Insurance Open
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Matthieu Pavon became the first frenchman to win on the PGA TOUR since 1907 thanks to a one-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Playing in his 11th event on the PGA TOUR, the 31-year-old rookie sunk an eight-foot birdie on the last to hit a three-under 69 and end the tournament on 13 under, defeating Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard.

“I have no words. It is amazing. It feels like there is another round to play tomorrow because we’re only Saturday!” said Pavon.

“That is special. I can’t thank the PGA Tour enough to give us the opportunity to come from Europe and compete here in America against the best players in the world.

“That’s always been the dream for me. I got finally a shot and I took it. I mean, it’s a dream come true and it’s a little bit hard to believe.

“I had almost no pressure coming, playing in America. It’s like it’s just an opportunity. If I fail, I could just go back in Europe and I start again.

“So it was just like trying to do your best every day, enjoy every moment because they are special ones, I can tell you there are very special ones and it looked like it worked.”

Hojgaard concluded with a final round 70 to finish on 12 under while there was a three-way tie for third featuring Americans Jake Knapp and Nate Lashley, and Germany’s Stephan Jaeger.

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am taking place between 1-4 February at Pebble Beach Golf Links.