Joel Dahmen captures first career PGA win at Puntacana Championship

Aug 27, 2020; Olympia Fields, Illinois, USA; Joel Dahmen hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club – North. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Fifth-year tour veteran Joel Dahmen survived two bogeys on his back nine to capture his first career PGA title on Sunday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

The 33-year-old Dahmen shot a 2-under 70 in the final round at Corales Golf Club to finish at 12-under 276 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Sam Ryder (67) and third-round co-leader Rafael Campos of Puerto Rico (71).

Dahmen, who came into the event off six missed cuts in his past seven starts, captured his first title in his 111th start on the PGA Tour. His previous best finishes were second place at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship and tie for second at the 2018 John Deere Classic.

He carded four birdies over his fist seven holes, but Dahmen gave two strokes back to the field with bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14. For a brief period, it looked like he might be headed to a playoff with Campos, who made bogey at No. 17 and lipped out a birdie putt attempt on 18.

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It was Dahmen’s third start at the Dominican Republic event. He finished T-12 in 2019 and T-13 in 2018.

The field did not include the top players in the world, who were competing at the World Golf Championships match-play event in Austin, Texas.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (69), the 2019 champion, and Canada’s Michael Gligic (71) tied for fourth at 10-under. Defending champion Hudson Swafford (70) and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (71) finished tied for sixth at 9-under, and England’s Danny Willett finished solo in eighth place at 8-under despite shooting a 1-over 73 on Sunday.

Rounding out the top 10 in a tie for ninth at 7-under were Brice Garnett (68), Ben Martin (69), Greyson Sigg (69) and Austria’s Sepp Straka (72).

Canada’s David Hearn (T-13) and Sweden’s David Lingmerth (T-28) each shot 66 to tie for low round of the day.

–Field Level Media