Keith Mitchell edges Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler at Honda Classic for first PGA title

For all the talk about this year’s Honda Classic not being the same without as many top players in a depleted field, it still turned in quite the exciting finish.

It had two of the top 10 players in the world tied for a lead in the clubhouse, seeing if their Sunday would extend to a playoff as a young PGA Tour sophomore shot for the win. It had a 56-year-old vying for his first PGA title in over a decade. And it had a six-way tie down the final stretch broken up by a player winning his first championship on the tour.

Keith Mitchell, the 27-year-old Georgia grad from Chattanooga, sank a birdie putt from 15 feet and six inches away on the 18th hole at The Champion Course at PGA National to win the Honda Classic, avoiding a playoff with golf giants Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler, waiting with the lead in the clubhouse at 8 under each.

Mitchell’s 3-under 67 in the final round put him at 9 under for his first PGA Tour title and the $1,224,000 winner’s share of the $6.8 million purse.