Bryson DeChambeau claimed the John Deere Classic with a one-shot victory over Patrick Rodgers on Sunday to earn himself both his first PGA Tour win, as well as a spot in the Open Championship. After it was all over, the pure emotion of the moment poured out:
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Rodgers was leading the pack after Saturday, with DeChambeau on the come up behind him. He maintained the two-stroke lead he had coming into the third day, originally nudging out two strokes ahead of DeChambeau after Friday’s round. The dominant round he was hoping for never came on Sunday.
It was just two years ago that DeChambeau became only the fifth golfer in history to win both the NCAA DI Championship and the U.S. Amateur title in the same year. He joins a hallowed list of names to have done so, which includes Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Despite a tie for 21st place at The Masters and finishing tied for 15th at the U.S. Open, he was forced to the Web.com Tour. He won his first championship in a playoff on Sep. 11, 2016, capturing the DAP Championship.
The native of Modesto, California, was the California State Junior Champion in 2010, before moving on to SMU, where he golfed collegiately before turning pro after delivering the program its first individual championship.
After being cut from the U.S. Open earlier this year, he will have the opportunity to tee off at the Open Championship for the first time in his career next weekend.