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The Saudi International produced a quite simply outstanding finish on Sunday, as Harold Varner III secured his first title in six years over the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club layout, with a 100+ foot eagle putt at the 72nd hole giving him a one shot victory.
An hour or so earlier, Bubba Watson had just finished his round with a birdie and an eagle. For the title, Varner III would have to replicate that finish. Birdieing the 17th, he faced a lengthy putt at the last to claim the title. Whilst many would have taken the two-putt and moved onto the playoff, Varner didn't, with his putt providing the perfect length and weight to drop into the hole and give him his biggest win to date.
The insane moment gained a lot of attention on social media, with fellow professionals, broadcasters, analysts and fans reacting to the putt on Twitter. Check out the reactions below!
🏆 Bringing it home @SaudiIntlGolf pic.twitter.com/1gN3nMzysBFebruary 6, 2022
HE MADE IT. HAROLD VARNER HAS WON THE 2022 SAUDI INTERNATIONAL. WHAT JUST HAPPENEDFebruary 6, 2022
Ayyyyyy let’s go @HV3_Golf !!!February 6, 2022
What an incredible finish!Congrats to HV3 on an unbelievable finish. What’s this about a race horse if you win?Horse or not, so cool! https://t.co/JrkI3zNOOaFebruary 6, 2022
Need more golf celebrations like this one from HV3 today. Strange week ends with a sweet moment. pic.twitter.com/DoNei5wYUEFebruary 6, 2022
HV3!! Drains a marathon eagle putt for a walk-off win at the Saudi. Readying for a playoff, Bubba jogged all the way back to the 18th green to congratulate him. pic.twitter.com/dayQnPSDLgFebruary 6, 2022
Wow!!! @HV3_Golf ! What a finish! 🐎💪🏼 💪🏼 @SaudiIntlGolf 🏆February 6, 2022
Wow @HV3_Golf that's outrageous 😲!!! What a way to win 🏆. Pleased for you and bag man @rice_chris 👏🏻👏🏻 A win for the good guys https://t.co/jXLgxjCrVzFebruary 6, 2022
THATS HOW YOU WIN, HAROLD!!!!(@HV3_Golf). First PGA win and he was on 18 a birdie ties/ eagle wins. The greatest way to win!!!! Couldn’t happen to better guy. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/u4BIsGRH8DFebruary 6, 2022
One phone call that @HV3_Golf had to take!! From his wife!! Right in the middle of the press conference.@SaudiIntlGolf @asiantourgolf pic.twitter.com/SlCnIvdRDnFebruary 6, 2022
@HV3_Golf you absolute legend!!February 6, 2022
What a weekend of golf! Bubba Watson eagles the last to take a 1 shot lead and then Harold Varner III hit his second on the last (par 5) to here. He needs to get up and down for a birdie and to make a playoff… over to Mr Varner!!! @SkySportsNews @SaudiGolf @HV3_Golf 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Lf6BrR9q49February 6, 2022
Congratulations @HV3_Golf 👏 #KeepPounding https://t.co/pGFRD260SLFebruary 6, 2022
Didn’t really expect to get a feel-good story out of the Saudi International this week, but there it is: Harold Varner III eagles the final hole to win. For a guy who’s struggled to close out PGA Tour events, this could be a massive confidence-booster moving forward.February 6, 2022
WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT #Golf .. The first person to congratulate Harold Varner 111 @HV3_Golf & new @SaudiIntlGolf 🏆 was good friend @bubbawatson Varner 111 holing a stunning 9⃣2⃣-foot 🦅putt at the last @royalgreens_ksa to capture maiden @asiantourgolf 🥇 pic.twitter.com/5y7LSdPNiIFebruary 6, 2022
Hats off Harold Varner III! What an eagle 3 to win the #SaudiIntlGolf !February 6, 2022
Harold Varner III with the SPECTACULAR finish!!! His tweet from Wednesday frames his awesome eagle on 18 town the PIF Saudi International minutes ago. 120-foot putt!!??!!Great reax from Bubba Watson too, who was waiting to play in what looked like a certain playoff. https://t.co/QjZja9Jk8AFebruary 6, 2022
That putt from Harold Varner was everything you need to start a Sunday of sports. Great win for a good dude.February 6, 2022
Eagle on the final hole to win for @HV3_Golf. Considering the circumstances this could go down as shot of the year. https://t.co/MrIWCbsyUNFebruary 6, 2022
This makes me so happy. Congratulations Harold Varner #hv3 https://t.co/gxSbGqJWIdFebruary 6, 2022
Harold Varner III really just won a golf event by one shot with an 120 feet eagle putt on the last hole… 😂🤣😂🤣February 6, 2022
Harold Varner III.One of the best Eagle putts you’ll ever see. Whoaaaaaaaa! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥February 6, 2022
Waking up to see the Saudi International finished just like everyone expected:1. Harold Varner2. Bubba Watson3. Adri Arnaus4. Steve LewtonFebruary 6, 2022
Harold Varner III to Bubba Watson 😅🏌️♂️🏆 pic.twitter.com/Sd1AaJBW4bFebruary 6, 2022
This is the most insane put I’ve ever seen to win a golf tournament! @HV3_Golf pic.twitter.com/WKkqM4dkCMFebruary 6, 2022
I woke up at 3am to watch Harold Varner III and what a treat!!! Amazing #golf #SaudiIntlGolfFebruary 6, 2022
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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