Keith Mitchell birdied the 18th and celebrated with a fist pump as he won by a stroke

  • Keith Mitchell looked like he was going to have playoff but sealed win in style
  • In front of the raucous Palm Beach gallery the 27-year-old won by one stroke
  • Vijay Singh remarkably kept his challenge alive up until the 17th hole on Sunday
  • Finale did not overshadow another event loaded with criticism and rules ridicule

It was always going to need some finish at the Honda Classic in Florida on Sunday to divert attention from another rancour-filled week regarding the controversial new rules – and two world class ball strikers and an unheralded underdog did their level best to provide it.

Few in the raucous Palm Beach gallery gave Keith Mitchell a chance when up against current double major champion Brooks Koepka and in-form Rickie Fowler. Koepka birdied two of the last three holes and Fowler three of the last four to set a stringent target.

Yet as they waited in the wings for a play-off, Mitchell calmly rolled in a 20ft birdie putt at the 18th to upstage them for a one stroke success.

Keith Mitchell birdied the 18th and celebrated with a fist pump as he won by a stroke
Keith Mitchell birdied the 18th and celebrated with a fist pump as he won by a stroke

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