Duke golf: Adam Long falls short in final round of Puntacana Championship

Former Duke golf standout Adam Long fell short in the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Adam Long took a two-shot lead into the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on Sunday afternoon, but the former Blue Devil stumbled trying to secure his first win of the 2021 season.

Long posted a two-under in Round 1 on Thursday, but the second and third rounds were spectacular with a score of seven- and eight-under, respectively.

However, those nerves of sleeping on the lead going into Sunday hit Long hard after his three-over round.

The shaky start began on the second hole with a bogey, but a bounce-back birdie followed at the fourth hole.

Back-to-back bogeys sunk Adam Long even more at the sixth and seventh holes, and things didn’t get much better at the turn following a bogey on the 10th hole.

Long did try and recover with a birdie at No. 12, but he gave that shot right back with a bogey at No. 13 as he played even-par golf for the remaining five holes and finished the tournament at 14-under par.

Hudson Swafford won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship by shooting 18-under as Long came in fifth place behind Tyler McCumber, Mackenzie Hughes, and Nate Lashley.

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Adam Long won $164K for his placing in the event.

Despite the tough loss, Adam Long will be back on the course this weekend for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Long will be in one of the most-watched threesomes in Round 1 and Round 2 alongside Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia. The group will tee off at 2:06pm EST on Thursday afternoon and at 8:11am EST on Friday morning.

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The group will start on hole No. 1 on Thursday and on hole No. 10 on Friday.

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