Bryson DeChambeau wins first PGA Tour event at John Deere Classic

Golf: Bryson DeChambeau is over the moon with his
maiden PGA victory.

Bryson DeChambeau is overcome with emotion after
learning the late Payne Stewart’s first PGA Tour
victory was also at the John Deere Classic.

THIRD-ROUND leader Patrick Rodgers knew that it would
take a ton of birdies Sunday to win the John Deere
Classic.

Bryson DeChambeau took that advice to heart.

DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to beat Rodgers by a
stroke for his first PGA Tour title – and a spot next week in
the British Open. The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied four of
the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an
18-under 266 total. In 2015, the unconventional former SMU star
became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and
U.S. Amateur in the same year.

Bryson DeChambeau is overcome with emotion after learning the late Payne Stewart's first PGA Tour victory was also at the John Deere Classic.

Bryson DeChambeau is overcome
with emotion after learning the late Payne Stewart’s
first PGA Tour victory was also at the John Deere
Classic.
Source:AFP

The win punctuated a comeback of sorts for DeChambeau, who
capped a string of eight consecutive missed cuts last month in
the U.S. Open – where he was 6 over for two rounds.

“I was able to right the ship about three or four weeks ago,
and it’s been steady Eddie ever since,” DeChambeau said. “It is
vindication.”

Rodgers closed with 70.

DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even
with Rodgers. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out,
and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

“He’s a great competitor, and I was kind of shocked he bogeyed
17,” DeChambeau said about Rodgers.

“I thought I was going to be in a playoff.”

Golf: Bryson DeChambeau was as cool as ice closing in
on his maiden title at the John Deere classic.

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16
under, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and
Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.

DeChambeau played the front nine in even par, then birdied six
of the final nine holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Bryson DeChambeau poses with the championship trophy.

Bryson DeChambeau poses with
the championship trophy.
Source:AFP

Rodgers, on the other hand, had four bogeys – and his approach
on No. 18 sailed past the green. Rodgers nearly chipped in from
50 feet to force a playoff, missing the cup by a foot.

DeChambeau became the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour
this season.

“Our tendency when you have the lead is to kind of hold on and
play safe and guard against making mistakes,” said Rodgers, who
remained winless on the PGA Tour.

“But I had guys coming at me with some really low rounds.
Obviously, Bryson shot a great one.”

Bryan, who won the RBC Heritage in April for his first career
victory, shot a 30 on the back nine. Lamb was 13 under for the
final two rounds but was done in by pedestrian efforts in the
first two rounds.

Stricker, who won at TPC Deere Run from 2009-11, grabbed a
share of the lead before Rodgers teed off Sunday.

The 50-year-old Stricker went 8-under par through 14 holes to
jump all the way up from 34th place. But his only bogey came on
the 18th hole, when his par putt grazed the cup.

“Realistically, if I could have made a couple more birdies
there and could have got it to 18-under, who knows? Just
couldn’t get it in there,” Stricker said.

Johnson, who won the tournament in 2012 and has finished in the
top three six times in his last eight appearances, challenged
the leaders yet again before falling back. Johnson picked up
bogeys on a pair of par 4s on the back nine, and he missed a
4-foot birdie putt on 14.

“My goal was to birdie every hole and give myself a chance on
every hole. Early on it looked like my game plan was being
executed,” Johnson said. Bubba Watson shot a 68 to finish at 9
under.

Originally published as
Emotional DeChambeau wins John Deere

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