Palm Beach Gardens (CBS12) — It was an thrilling ending that would have been impressive for anybody at any tournament, but for Keith Mitchell it was a dramatic way to pull off his first ever PGA Tour win in his 98th try. A clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 18 knocked both Wellington native Brooks Koepka and Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler out of contention, in what could have been a 3-way playoff .
"It was so nerve-racking over that putt," said Mitchell after the trophy presentation. "My hands were shaking and I couldn't feel my legs. But once I hit the putt and it looked like it was on a good line I thought I had a chance. And when it went in for me, all my emotions came out, and it was pretty incredible for me.
Mitchell played clutch golf down the stretch on Sunday, with birdies on four of his final seven holes, Despite being beaten, Fowler gave Mitchell a big congratulations after the win and a big pat on the back. Mitchell's Mom, meanwhile, was in tears after he made his winning putt.
"It's amazing," said Mitchell. "I mean I kinda felt bad after the first two holes, when I bogeyed the first two holes, that they came all the way down here to watch me play, so I refused to do that, and I played amazing ever since, and it was awesome to have (my Mom) here."