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Former PNGA Player of the Year Adam Svensson secures first victory on Tour

Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. picked up his first Tour win at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club in his 58th career start. Svensson carded a final-round, 4-under-par 68. His 17-under-par 271 total was good for a one-stroke victory over rookie phenom Sungjae Im, who missed a 10-footer on the 72nd hole which would have forced a playoff.

“It’s a relief,” said Svensson, who couldn’t see Im’s birdie bid at the last. “Your heart is racing and when it’s over it slows down, and you realize what you’ve done. I’m just so thrilled I got the win and just so happy.”

What a difference a year makes. Svensson missed the cut at both Bahamas events to start the 2017 season and found himself behind the 8-ball all year. He ultimately made it to the Tour Finals but finished one spot out of securing his PGA TOUR card.

The former Barry University standout thought about it all offseason but used it as motivation this year.

“It stings a little less,” said Svensson, about the disappointment of not getting his TOUR card last year. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do going forward, but it’s nice.”

After a tie for 13th in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic and a win in Abaco, Svensson has moved to No. 2 on the Tour money list, firmly inside the top 25.

Svensson, who turned 24 on December 31, was named the PNGA Men’s Player of the Year in 2014. He also was named the PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the year in 2010 and 2012. He had won the BC Amateur in 2010, while only 16 years old.

In December 2015, Svensson earned medalist honors at the Tour Qualifying Tournament, getting full status on the developmental tour.

After two stellar years at Barry University in Miami, Fla., Svensson decided to turn professional after his sophomore year in the spring of 2015. In just six starts on Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada in his first year as a professional, the former Division II Player of the Year recorded two runner-up performances and finished No. 9 on the Order of Merit.