Winner’s Circle: Sepp Straka Claims Maiden PGA Tour Victory at The Honda

Sepp Straka Wins The 2022 Honda Classic
Sepp Straka poses with the trophy after winning The Honda Classic at PGA National on Feb 27, 2022, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Aaron Gilbert / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Sepp Straka shot a final-round 66 to claim a come from behind victory at The Honda Classic.

Down five shots entering Sunday’s finale at PGA National, the 28-year-old Austrian signed for a scorecard comprised of two bogeys against six birdies, including three late gains on Nos. 14, 16 and 18 to reach 10-under par, one clear of Shane Lowry (67).

“The words aren’t really coming to me right now,” said Straka, upon becoming the first Austrian winner in PGA Tour history.

“It’s just crazy. I really don’t know what to think.”

For his first career American tour win, Straka earned $1,440,000 and 500 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 16 on the money list and 14th in FedExCup standings. He also picked up 42 OWGR points and will move into the top 100 (No. 83) in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.


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The Honda Classic Pro-File

Full Name: Sepp Straka
Nationality: Austria
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 235 lb
Birthdate: May 1, 1993 (age 28)
Born: Vienna, Austria
Resides: Athens, Georgia
Turned Pro: 2016
PGA Tour Rookie: 2019
College: Georgia
Highest World Rank: 83 (2/27/22)


The Honda Classic Leaderboard

Sepp Straka Wins The 2022 Honda Classic
Sepp Straka reacts to a birdie on the 16th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National on Feb 27, 2022 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Andy Lyons via Getty Images)
Top-10 Finishers

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Sepp Straka -10 (-4)
2. Shane Lowry -9 (-3)
3. Kurt Kitayama -8 (-2)
4. Daniel Berger -7 (+4)
5. Gary Woodland -4 (-3)
5. Alex Noren -4 (-2)
7. Matthias Schwab -3 (-2)
7. Chris Kirk -3 (+3)
9. Keith Mitchell -2 (-2)
9. Brian Stuard -2 (-1)
9. John Huh -2 (E)
9. Lee Hodges -2 (E)
9. Sam Ryder -2 (E)
9. Adam Svensson -2 (+3)

Top-5 Check Cashers

Pos-Player-(Money)
1. Sepp Straka ($1.44m)
2. Shane Lowry ($872k)
3. Kurt Kitayama ($552k)
4. Daniel Berger ($392k)
5. Gary Woodland ($309k)
5. Alex Noren ($309k)


Sepp Straka’s Winning Numbers

Sepp Straka Wins The 2022 Honda Classic
Sepp Straka reacts to a birdie on the 16th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National on Feb 27, 2022 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Andy Lyons via Getty Images)

Driving: 310 yards (17th)
Fairways: 83.9%, 47/56 (1st)
Greens: 76.4%, 55/72 (2nd)
Putts/GIR: 1.782 (38th)
Birdies: 18 (3rd)
SG Tee to Green: 9.189 (4th)


Sepp Straka’s 2022 PGA Tour Season

Starts: 14
Cuts Made: 9
Wins: 1 (Honda)
Additional Top 10s: 0
Earnings: $1,896,511 (16th)
FedExCup Pts: 658 (14th)
OWGR Before/After: 176/83


WITB: Sepp Straka

Sepp Straka Wins The 2022 Honda Classic
Sepp Straka lines up a putt on the 10th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National on Feb 27, 2022 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

Sepp Straka plays a mixed bag of TaylorMade (driver, fairway), Callaway (hybrid), Srixon (irons, ball), and Cleveland (wedges).

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (8.5°)
Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15°)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21°)
Irons: Srixon ZX7 (4-9)
Pitch: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (42°)
Gap : Cleveland RTX ZipCore (52°)
Sand: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (56˚)
Lob: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (60˚)
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle
Golf Ball: Srixon Z Star XV
Source: TodaysGolfer.co.uk


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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