THIRD-ROUND chief Patrick Rodgers knew that it will take a ton of birdies Sunday to win the John Deere Classic.
Bryson DeChambeau took that recommendation to coronary heart.
DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to beat Rodgers by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title – and a spot subsequent week within the British Open. The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied 4 of the ultimate six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 complete. In 2015, the unconventional former SMU star turned the fifth participant to win the NCAA particular person title and U.S. Amateur in the identical yr.
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The win punctuated a comeback of types for DeChambeau, who capped a string of eight consecutive missed cuts final month within the U.S. Open – the place he was 6 over for 2 rounds.
“I was able to right the ship about three or four weeks ago, and it’s been steady Eddie ever since,” DeChambeau stated. “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 despatched his tee shot on 18 into the tough.
“He’s a great competitor, and I was kind of shocked he bogeyed 17,” DeChambeau stated 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 on the John Deere basic.
DeChambeau wins maiden title
Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 beneath, and previous event champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 beneath.
DeChambeau performed the entrance 9 in even par, then birdied six of the ultimate 9 holes to surge to the highest of the leaderboard.
Rodgers, then again, had 4 bogeys – and his strategy on No. 18 sailed previous the inexperienced. Rodgers almost chipped in from 50 ft to pressure a playoff, lacking the cup by a foot.
DeChambeau turned 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,” stated 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 gained the RBC Heritage in April for his first profession victory, shot a 30 on the again 9. Lamb was 13 underneath for the ultimate two rounds however was finished in by pedestrian efforts within the first two rounds.
Stricker, who gained at TPC Deere Run from 2009-11, grabbed a share of the lead earlier than Rodgers teed off Sunday.
The 50-year-old Stricker went Eight-under par by way of 14 holes to bounce all the best way up from 34th place. But his solely bogey got here on the 18th gap, 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 stated.
Johnson, who gained the event in 2012 and has completed within the prime three six occasions in his final eight appearances, challenged the leaders but once more earlier than falling again. Johnson picked up bogeys on a pair of par 4s on the again 9, and he missed a Four-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 stated. Bubba Watson shot a 68 to end at 9 underneath.
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