Desert Classic Recap: Relative Unknown Beats Mickelson
Desert Classic Recap: Relative Unknown Beats Mickelson

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

It is impossible to overstate how improbable unknown Adam Long's win at the Desert Classic on Sunday really was. Here's his story:

Long is 31 years old and had spent the past seven years toiling around not only the Web.com Tour but also the Latinoamerica and Mackenzie tours. He never won on any of them.

He had played only five previous PGA Tour events. One of them was eight years ago (a missed cut at the 2011 U.S. Open). The other four came this season, with only one made cut. He stood a collective 20-over-par for his career.

Long missed the cut in all four Web.com Tour playoff events at the end of last season. So, combined with his start on the PGA Tour season, he had missed seven of his past eight cuts heading to La Quinta.

Long was ranked 20th of the 21 PGA Tour rookies this season. That's what happens when you accrue all of 4 FedEx Cup points. Four.

The New Orleans native by way of Duke arrived in the California desert ranked 417th in the world. We need to say here that Long did play well enough last season on the Web Tour to get into this position, to get his PGA Tour card, finishing 13th in earnings during the regular season.

He shot 63-71-63, 19-under, over the first three days to find himself, of all places, in the final grouping alongside none other than Phil Mickelson, and Adam Hadwin. No pressure there.

Fast forward

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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