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Golf: Hamilton Notches First Pro Victory - 2004-03-15

American golfer Todd Hamilton has made his first big impact on the U.S. PGA Tour by winning the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Hamilton, a 38-year-old Tour rookie who was a star on the Japanese tour, birdied the last two holes Sunday to pass veteran player Davis Love for the victory. Hamilton began the day with a four-stroke lead but struggled through the final round, soaring to four over-par and fell behind when Love birdied the 18th hole.

But Hamilton relied on his experience of winning 10 titles on the Japanese PGA Tour. He birdied the 17th to pull even, then dropped his approach more than one meter from the cup and sank the putt for the title. Hamilton's final round 74, two-over par, left him with a winning 12-under par 276 total.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.