Adam Long Makes Walk Off at Desert Classic PDF Print E-mail



Adam Long Celebrates after getting his first career win at the Desert Classic.

La Quinta, California - In just his sixth start on the PGA Tour, Adam Long

poured in a 15 foot walk-off putt on the 72nd hole to take down Phil Mickelson

and Adam Hadwin to win the Desert Classic. The 31 year-old rookie blistered

the Stadium course at PGA West, firing a final round 65 to finish at 26 under



Mickelson, who had the first shot at reaching 26 under par, faced a lengthy

putt of close to 40 ft at the last, he barely missed as the putt broke off at the

last moment. Hadwin faced a likely make or go home scenario himself, needing

to hole out his greenside bunker shot - and nearly did. Long then calmly stepped

up and poured in the clincher.


Long's shortgame was on fire, going a perfect 6 for 6 scrambling on Sunday

with two chip-ins. He also led the field in putts, with 98 for the week. Clearly

he relished the underdog role, "I just kept plugging away and it was kind of

the Phil and Adam Hadwin show for most of the way," Long said. "Everyone

was chanting Phil's name most of the way and there are a lot of Canadians

down here. I was just in the background."


Previously an alternate for Torrey Pines this week, Adam Long now has full

exempt status. He bolted to 12th in the Fedex Cup Standings and now can

plan a schedule that includes the Masters, Players, PGA Championship and

next year's Sentry Tournament of Champions.


Tiger Woods starts his season this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.