Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Erik Van Rooyen has won the 2023 World Wide Technology Championship. This title marks his second PGA Tour win, and his first since 2021. Along with the trophy, he earned a first-place prize of $1.475 million.
Van Rooyen looked like a man possessed in his final few holes. He calmly made putt after putt down the stretch with 6 birdies followed by an eagle on the last to secure the championship. He finished with a score of 27-under par winning the tournament by two strokes over Matt Kuchar and Camillo Villegas who tied for second with scores of 25-under par.
In a tearful interview after the event, Van Rooyen revealed he found the strength to win in honor of his good friend and college teammate Jon Trasmar. Trasmar is currently diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. Van Rooyen said that while bad news concerning Trasmar’s condition was difficult to deal with, ultimately playing for him made the difference.
It was not always clear that Van Rooyen would win, however. Yesterday this tournament was Kuchar’s to lose. He was leading by six shots before he was stymied by a quadruple bogey. While the 9-time PGA Tour winner had the opportunity to eagle the last hole and win, it was ultimately Van Rooyen who pulled off that feat.
The next event on the schedule will be the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Last season, Seamus Power earned his second PGA tournament there. He’ll be looking to see if he can defend his title, but he won’t be the only one looking to snatch the crown. Power will have to overpower the likes of Lucas Glover, Adam Scott, and Akshay Bhatia to earn his second tour title.
Erik Van Rooyen What’s In The Bag:
3 Wood: Callaway Rogue LS (15°) / Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX
Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw 50.10 S grind, 54.10 S grind, 58.8 C grind / KBS Tour V 120 X
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet