Chesson Hadley wins Tour Championship

Chesson Hadley of the USA won the Tour Championship by two shots at the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Chesson Hadley wins Tour Championship (Getty Images)

Chesson Hadley of the USA won the Tour Championship by two shots at the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Hadley began the final round one behind Scott Gardiner of Australia but he quickly moved to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in his first five holes. Although he struggled down the stretch, he did enough to hold on and claim the title.

"This is incredible. I have no idea what happened," said Hadley who has secured playing rights on the PGA Tour for 2013/2014. "This is something we've been dreaming of since we were kids and beating balls on the range. To see it come to fruition with a bunch of hard work and support is pretty special."

54-hole leader Gardiner played a disappointing final round of 72 but still ended the week in a tie for second with Brad Fritsch of Canada and Americans John Peterson and Brendon Todd. Peterson's finish was just good enough for him to end the season at number one on the money list. That earns him a start at The Players Championship next May.

"I was aware or the No. 1 ranking at the beginning of the week," he said. "I knew I needed a big week but I didn't think it would turn out like this."

Others to gain a place on the 2013/2014 PGA Tour through the circuit include Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, Joe Durant, Sean O'Hair and Scotland's Russell Knox. Tour Championship Dye's Valley Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Sep 26-29, purse $1,000,000, par 70

1   Chesson Hadley (USA)   65   66   70   69   270   $180,000 T2   Brad Fritsch (Can)   70   68   68   66   272   $66,000 T2   Scott Gardiner (Aus)   67   68   65   72   272   $66,000 T2   Brendon Todd (USA)   71   67   69   65   272   $66,000 T2   John Peterson (USA)   66   71   68   67   272   $66,000 T6   Russell Knox (Sco)   67   69   68   69   273   $34,750 T6   Andrew Loupe (USA)   68   69   67   69   273   $34,750 T8   Billy Hurley III (USA)   66   70   70   68   274   $23,333    T8   Danny Lee (NZ)      71   69   66   68   274   $23,333 T8   Sean O'Hair (USA)   70   70   67   67   274   $23,333 T8   Joe Durant (USA)      66   67   68   73   274   $23,333 T8   Andres Gonzales (USA)   70   68   67   69   274   $23,333 T8   Ryo Ishikawa (Jap)   69   68   68   69   274   $23,333 T8   Jamie Lovemark (USA)   70   67   66   71   274   $23,333 T8   Byron Smith (USA)   67   70   69   68   274   $23,333 T8   Lee Williams (USA)   69   67   69   69   274   $23,333

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

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