“It’s amazing,” Higgo said. “I just stayed patient all week.”
Indeed, with a steady-and-sure approach, the 22-year-old Higgo won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, taking the tournament after leader Chesson Hadley squandered a 2-shot lead with bogeys on his final three holes.
The left-hander did that with a closing 3-under 68 — his fourth round in the 60s this week — charged by an eagle on the par-5 12th hole and a birdie on the 14th to reach 11 under, the winning score.
Higgo kept himself in position on the challenging 17th hole, rolling in a 10-foot par save after not hitting the fairway on his first two shots.
Higgo sensed the moment was his if he could sink the putt. “I had a good feeling on that,” he said with smile.
He also benefited from a late collapse by Hadley, who held the lead after the second and third rounds. Hadley, seeking his first tour win since 2014, was still ahead by 2 shots starting the 16th hole. But a wayward tee shot led to a bogey there and he failed to get up and down on the 17th and 18th holes to give away the win.
Hadley finished with a 75 after rounds of 65-66-68.