Pavon Pleased To Lead FedEx Cup Points Race After Storms Cut Short Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Frenchman Matthieu Pavon has created another French first to be leading the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points race after the final round of the already weather-affected AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was cancelled.

Pavon, brilliant winner of last fortnight’s Farmers Insurance Open, was just two shots off the lead when strong winds and driving rain ruled-out any chance of play getting underway on Sunday in the $20m ‘Signature Series’ event.

The Tour then issued a statement late into Sunday evening (Local time) advising that due to storm conditions continuing into Sunday morning, and also in consultation with local authorities, it had decided to abandon thoughts of any resumption to play on Monday.

Frenchman Matthieu Pavon creating another tri-colour first in leading the FedEx Cup points race

It meant American Wyndham Clark, leading at 17-under-par was declared the winner and collecting a third victory in nine months following success last May at the Wells Fargo Championship ahead of winning the US Open a month later.

Clark brilliantly set-up his $US 3.6m prize windfall thanks to a course record-setting third round of 60.

Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg was officially second at 16-under and with Pavon third a shot further back.

Clark’s win has seen him jump to No. 6 in the World Rankings while Aberg has leaped from the World No. 3,073 ranked golfer at the commencement to 2023 to the new World No. 11.

Likewise, Pavon was ranked 92nd in the world earlier last month heading into a first event as a full PGA Tour member and now finds himself as the 26th ranked player in the men’s pro game.  That’s now just nine World Rankings places shy of matching countryman Victor Dubussion’s best Frenchman efforts of 17th in the world.

While the advice late last night (US West Coast time) had to be accepted there’s no denying that both Aberg and Pavon also had momentum on their side with the young Swede posting a third and now final round 65 and Pavon a 66.

A week ago, Pavon became the first French-born golfer in the ‘modern era’ to win on the PGA Tour and could have created another French golfing first if not for the Pacific coastal storm.

However, the affable Frenchman is delighted with his position atop of the money-list standings as reflected in his ‘X’ message posted early morning Monday (US West Coast time).



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