A comeback win suits Andrew Svoboda.
The 36-year-old Larchmont native was one stroke off the lead with one hole to play on Sunday at the Brasil Champions. He closed the Web.com Tour event with a birdie and won by a stroke when Bhavik Patel took a bogey on the par-4 18th at Sao Paulo Golf Club.
Svoboda made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 4-under 67, and Patel closed with a bogey to finish a stroke back in his second event since returning for a doping suspension and hip injury.
Svoboda’s drive on 18 went to the left and kicked back into the fairway to set up a 9-iron approach 165 yards from a good angle.
“That pin, that hole, you have to be in the fairway to control that ball,” Svoboda said. “I hit an unbelievable 9-iron, but I got lucky to win it with one swing.”
The 36-year-old Svoboda finished at 23-under 261 at Sao Paulo Golf Club and earned $126,000 for his third career Web.com Tour title to jump to third on the money list with $136,938.
“This gives me new life to get back on the PGA Tour,” Svoboda said. “I have a pretty good chance to get my card if I play well the rest of the year.”
Svoboda has a history of dramatic comebacks over his career.
The former Met Open and Met Amateur winner closed with a 4-under 67, finishing at 23-under 261 and earning $126,000 for his third Web.com Tour win.
Svoboda won twice on the tour in 2013 and earned a promotion to the PGA Tour, Sleep issues last season contributed to 20 missed cuts in 30 starts. Svoboda lost his card and came into this week having missed two of three Web.com cuts. The former St. John’s player is from Larchmont.
Drive, Chip & Putt
Kyra Cox leaned on her short game Sunday and tied for third place in her age group at the Drive, Chip & Putt finals at Augusta National. The sophomore at John Jay hit her initial drive 200 yards in windy conditions, finishing seventh in that discipline. The 15-year-old climbed the leaderboard with a chipping aggregate of 17 feet, and a putting aggregate of thee feet, five inches.
Sam O’Hara of Rye placed 10th among the boys 10-11 age group.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.