San Diego, CA – Matthieu Pavon has won the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open. Along with the title, that means he’s earned $1.62 million and jumped into second place on the FedEx Cup leaderboard. He also becomes the first Frenchman to ever win on the PGA Tour.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, as Pavon faltered a bit down the stretch. However, he fought back for the win. After missing a short putt and carding a bogey on 17, he would pull his tee shot into a bunker on the 18th. A miraculous wedge shot from incredibly thick rough allowed him to birdie the final hole though, and he wound up winning the tournament by a single shot. He would finish the event with a score of 13-under par.
This win is Pavon’s first on the PGA, doing so in just his third start since earning his PGA Tour card. Thanks to this win, he is fully except through the 2026 season. It represents a series of improving play for the French national as he won his first DP World Tour event, the Acciona Open de Espana.
This event was one where lesser-known names rose to the top to compete for the title as players like Nate Lashley, Jake Knapp, and Stephan Jaeger all finished tied for third with scores of 11-under-par. Nicolai Højgaard, who has had three wins on the DP World Tour, narrowly missed the chance for a playoff securing a second-place finish at 12-under-par.
The one big notable name who finished in the top five was 6-time tour winner, Tony Finau. He ultimately finished in at 10-under par. Another notable, Xander Schauffele finished in a tie for ninth at 9-under par. Master’s winner Hideki Matsuyama also had his first hole-in-one this week on the PGA Tour but would finish in a tie for 13th place.
Next week the California swing of tournaments will conclude with the playing of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There, Justin Rose will look to defend his lone PGA Tour title earned in 2023. While the various celebrities playing in the event are sure to draw attention, the top players will look to keep Rose from winning in back-to-back years. With this being a signature PGA Tour event, many of the best in the world will be in attendance.
Matthieu Pavon’s What’s In The Bag:
3 Wood: Ping G430 LST (15°) / Fujikura Ventus TR Black 7 X
Irons: Ping i230 (3-PW) / Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 X
Wedges: Ping Si59 (52°, 58°) / Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 X
Putter: Ping Cadence TR Tomcat C
Ball: Titleist Pro V1