SAN DIEGO — Matthieu Pavon holed an 8-foot putt for a dramatic birdie on the 18th hole at Torrey Pines South on Saturday to win by one shot Farmers Insurance Open, making him the first Frenchman to win on the PGA Tour.
As dusk began to fall on the Municipal Course above the Pacific Ocean, Pavin raised his arms in celebration, then shouted to his caddy who hugged him after the putt rolled in. His only birdie on the back nine saved him from a playoff.
He shot a final-round 69, which was 3-under and 13-under, one shot better than Nikolai Hoygaard. Pavon finished two strokes ahead of second- and third-round leaders Steven Yeager, Hoygaard and Nate Lashley.
“I have nothing to say. This is awesome,” the 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie said shortly after the victory.
Pavin took the lead on the 12th hole, extending his advantage to two shots, then missed a 3-foot putt on the par-4 17th and made bogey to cut the lead to one.
He appeared to be in trouble on the 541-yard par-5 18th, when his shot landed in a bunker about 4 inches from the front lip. His second shot went 103 yards into the left rough, which was high due to the weight. Rainy Monday, 145 yards from the hole. He responded with a brilliant third shot inside 8 feet.
Parveen was born in ToulouseJust playing in his 11th PGA Tour event, he had a win on the European Tour.
Pavin birdied the par-5 ninth hole to share the lead with Yeager. They stayed tied until the par-4 twelfth hole, when Pavin made a short par putt to take the lead and Yeager missed his spot with a bogey.
Pavin holed a 34-foot putt on No. 14 that would have given him a three-shot lead. He pumped his fist as he holed a 24-foot par putt on No. 16 to maintain a two-shot lead.