Erik van Rooyen made a 16-foot eagle putt on the par-5 closing hole Sunday to win the World Wide Technology Championship.
Playing alongside Matt Kuchar and Camilo Villegas at the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal at Diamante on the tip of Baja California, van Rooyen played the back nine in 8-under 28 in a 9-under 63. He finished at 27-under 261, two strokes ahead of Kuchar and Villegas.
"Quite numb after that putt went in on 18," van Rooyen said. "You imagine yourself full of euphoria and just being ecstatic and I was just numb. I think it's because of everything the past six days with my friend Jon [Trasamar] being so sick. I guess just the moment just hasn't hit me yet."
Van Rooyen opened play Sunday with a bogey on the par-5 first and made birdies on Nos. 2 and 6.
"Making a 6 on one left a sour taste in my mouth," said van Rooyen, who won the 2021 Barracuda Championship under the modified Stableford scoring system. "Then you drain a 35-, 40-footer on two and it's like, 'OK, it's all right. This is a silly game, so just keep playing.'"
In his back-nine charge, he birdied Nos. 10-12, 14, 16 and 17 and closed with the eagle.
"Things just turned on the back nine," van Rooyen said. "Great birdie on 10, almost holed it on 11, beautiful 13-, 14-footer on 12, left-right breaker in the heart and you're off and running. Just hung in there and made some awesome putts on 16, 17 and 18."
Justin Suh was fourth at 24 under after a 65. Andrew Putnam (62) and Ryan Palmer (64) were 22 under.
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John Huh parred the eighth hole of a playoff to beat Australia's Robert Allenby and win the 2012 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. The 21-year-old Huh parred all eight holes in the playoff that matched the second-longest in PGA TOUR history.
Johnson Wagner won the 2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic for his second PGA TOUR title, beating Spencer Levin with a par on the first playoff hole. Wagner closed with a 4-under 67 to match Levin at 17-under-par 267 on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón course.
Cameron Beckman claimed his third PGA TOUR title at the 2010 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, closing with a 4-under-par 67 in the final round for a two-stroke victory over Brian Stuard and third-round leader Joe Durant.
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Brian Gay's 8-year-old daughter had it on good authority that her father would earn his first PGA TOUR victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The defending champ's 12-year-old son told her so the night prior to the final round. Although Gay didn't know about the prediction, he did a nice job making it hold up, shooting a 1-under 69 in the final round to win the 2008 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba by two strokes at 16-under-par 264.
How do you say Funk in Spanish? That would be funkeon (campeon - champion) or funkador (ganador - winner). The above question is well worth asking as Fred Funk is the champion of the inaugural World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. Funk claimed the title with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff against Jose Coceres.