Winner’s Circle: No-Name Adam Long Stuns Golf World at Desert Classic

Adam Long
Adam Long poses with the trophy after winning the Desert Classic at the Stadium Course on Jan 20, 2019 in La Quinta, CA. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Journeyman Adam Long carded a bogey-free final-round 65 to disappoint golf fans – especially those at PGA West, to claim his first career victory by one stroke over fan favorite Phil Mickelson at the 2019 Desert Classic.

Adam Long
Adam Long poses with the trophy after winning the Desert Classic at the Stadium Course on Jan 20, 2019 in La Quinta, CA. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

En route to his first career top 50 on the PGA Tour, the 31-year old vagabond finished his final day at PGA West with seven birdies against three bogeys en route to four-day score of 26-under par.


PRO-FILE

Nationality American
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 lb
Birthdate: September 5, 1987 (age 31)
Native: New Orleans, Louisiana
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: Duke University


FINAL TOP 5

Pos-Players-To Par (Final Round)
1. Adam Long -26 (-7)
2. Phil Mickelson -25 (-3)
2. Adam Hadwin -25 (-5)
4. Talor Gooch -24 (-8)
5. Dominic Bozzelli -22 (-6)


TOP-3 CHECK CASHERS

1. Adam Long – $1,062,000
2. Phil Mickelson – $519,200
3. Adam Hadwin – $519,200


WINNER’S STATS

Driving: 290.5 yards (28th)
Fairways: 69.6 (39/56) (12th)
Greens: 70.8% (51/72) (40th)
Putting: 1.510 (1st)
Scores: 3 Eagles, 24 Birdies, 42 Pars, 2 Bogeys


2018-19 SEASON

Starts: 5
Wins: 1
Money: $1,075,568 (13th)
Points: 504 (12th)
World Rank: 133rd


CAREER VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 1
2019 Desert Classic


LONG’S FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS


MONEY & PLAYOFF POINTS

The win earned the 31-year old Duke University product $1,062,000, along with 500 points to move to 13th place on the points list. It was Long’s first win of his career.


WORLD RANKING

Long received 42 OWGR points, and will move to No. 133, from a current ranking position of 417.


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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