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Kizzire holds off late Fowler charge to take maiden victory

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Patton Kizzire claimed his first ever PGA Tour victory on Sunday in Mexico at the OHL Classic holding off a Rickie Fowler comeback in the process.

A final round of 67 was enough to see Patton Kizzire to a one shot victory at Mayakobo following a late charge from fellow American Rickie Fowler (67).

It was a marathon not a sprint in Mexico as the field wrapped up round three early on Sunday following a rain-delay that had carried through until the final day of action.

As the final round began Kizzire held a one shot lead over Fowler but by the time the pair had reached the 12th his advantage had stretched out to four.

Fowler set to work having faltered early on in the round finding the water twice on the par 5 5th before getting up and down from a bunker to card one of the bogeys of the year.

The 28-year-old then found his rhythm on the back nine notching birdies on the 13th, 16th and 17th to cut the lead to just one as the pair headed down the 72nd hole.

Fowler’s tee shot found the right side of the fairway while Kizzire, who was hunting his first PGA Tour victory, left himself a tricky lie with his stance hampered by a bunker down the left.

The 31-year-old with his heels hanging over the edge of the hazard choked down on an 8-iron and produced one of the shots of his career to find the left side of the green.

Fowler also found the putting surface but saw his 40-foot birdie attempt come up just short which left Kizzire two putts for his maiden win.

The American duly obliged knocking his 30-foot effort to just six inches and with it punched a ticket to Augusta National next April.

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