Illinois, July 16: Bryson DeChambeau claimed his first PGA Tour victory in the John Deere Classic, birdieing the last two holes for a one-stroke victory over overnight leader Patrick Rodgers.
DeChambeau closed with a 65 for an 18-under-par 266 total at TPC Deere Run, earning his breakthrough victory in his his 40th PGA Tour start at the age of 23 years and 10 months. The win also gave DeChambeau the final spot via The Open Qualifying Series USA for this week’s British Open at Royal Birkdale. This will be his debut appearance in the world’s oldest Major.
“I’ve been wanting to go to The Open for a long time. When I won the US Amateur I thought I was going until I turned professional and that kind of thwarted it a little bit. It’s pretty special to play in an Open Championship, the home of golf pretty much,” said DeChambeau, who is playing his first full season on the PGA Tour after finishing fifth on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list.
Known for his unique single plane swing and one-length irons, De Chambeau hit all but one green in regulation during Sunday’s final round. He became the 10th first-time winner and the 13th player aged under 25 to win on the PGA Tour this season.