Vincent Norrman sealed a maiden PGA TOUR triumph after defeating Nathan Kimsey in a play-off at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.
The 25-year-old rookie closed with a final round 66 thanks to an eight-foot bogey on his final hole at Keene Trace Golf Club to finish on 22 under and force a play-off with England’s Nathan Kimsey, who climbed the leaderboard with a bogey-free 64.
The play-off took place at the par-four 18th with Norrman cementing victory with a close-range par.
“I don’t think I can process this for a while,” Norrman said. “I’m lost for words. It’s amazing. It has been a crazy week and obviously [on Sunday], the first nine was almost flawless. How I finished the front nine I’m really proud of, then hung in there on the back. I’m happy to be sitting here.”
Victory means that Norrman lands the $684,000 prize as well as 300 FedExCup points moving him up the standings to 61st. Only the top 70 players after the Wyndham Championship will qualify to the next stages of the FedExCup play-offs. It also means that he is now exempt on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour until 2025.
Kimsey, who was vying to become the first player to win their PGA Tour debut since Jim Benepe’s victory at the 1988 Western Open, said: “I feel like I barely missed a shot all day. “Holed a few nice putts and just kind of did a really good job of executing kind of the whole back nine and keep pushing really. Yeah, like I can’t complain with anything I did [on Sunday].”
The next event on the PGA TOUR is The Open Championship taking place between 20-23 July at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake.