Hudson Swafford returns to winner's circle, soars in point standings
Sunday, Hudson Swafford added another chapter to his comeback story.
Following a two-year ordeal that saw him miss the better part of last season after having a bone removed from his foot, Swafford returned to the winner’s circle at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. But the road to redemption wasn’t without its hiccups as the 36-hole leader was stung by a hornet on his hand during the course of the Championship.
Swafford’s victory marks the second of his career on the PGA Tour and first since The American Express in 2017. He recorded just four top 10s between victories with limited starts due to his physical injury and Major Medical exemption. The timing of Swafford’s win couldn’t have come at a better time as he had just two events remaining on his exemption.
The victory sent Swafford soaring in the U.S. Ryder Cup point standings, climbing from No. 94 to No. 49 as he looks to continue that climb in hopes of qualifying for his first U.S. Ryder Cup team. Tyler McCumber, who finished one-stroke back and runner-up to Swafford, also made a leap in the Ryder Cup standings, jumping from No. 118 to No. 72. McCumber’s second place showing is his best career finish since joining the PGA Tour in 2020. He is also looking to qualify for his first U.S. Ryder Cup team.