He stormed home with six back-nine birdies to card 65 and finish at 18-under-par 266 at TPC Deere Run, one stroke ahead of fellow American Patrick Rodgers, who bogeyed the par-five 17th. In 2015, the former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.
Bryson DeChambeau closes in 6-under 30, finishing birdie-birdie as well, to capture the John Deere Classic for his first PGA Tour win. He missed eight straight cuts from mid-April through the U.S. Open last month.
DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on the hard par-4 18th to pull even with Rodgers. A bogey at 14 was quickly followed by a birdie at 15 and the rough at the par-five 17th off the tee.
“The last couple of weeks have been very encouraging, having displayed the kind of golf I’m capable of”, said the 2014 Amateur champion. “I thought I was going to be in a playoff”.
Steve Stricker, who won the tournament three times from 2009 to 2011, also finished strongly with a 64 to tie for fifth place with Zach Johnson (67) and Jonathan Byrd (67).
DeChambeau played the front nine in even par, then birdied six of the final nine holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard.
On Friday, though, he caught fire after a slow start, nailing a 50-foot chip-in for birdie at his 12th and a 50-foot birdie putt four holes later.
He is the 10th first-time victor this season and provides the 13th win by a player under the age of 25 on TOUR this season, the most on TOUR since 1970.
“Obviously you look back on the back nine, and making bogeys on 14 and 17, that’s where I lost the golf tournament”, Rodgers said.
“I can’t believe this happened”, said DeChambeau, overcome with emotion afterward.
Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17. It is Bryan’s first top-10 finish since his win at the RBC Heritage. Lamb was 13 under for the final two rounds but was done in by pedestrian efforts in the first two rounds.
Patrick Rodgers took a small step towards living up to the expectations heaped upon him when he tied a Tiger Woods college record by taking a two-stroke halfway lead at the John Deere Classic in IL on Friday.
Hansen says winning the Best Social Media Activation award is the icing on top of the cake for a tournament that was voted as the Best PGA Tour Event in 2016.
China’s Shanshan Fang, who led after each of the first three rounds, had to settle for joint-seventh after a closing 75 that included a triple-bogey 8 at the last.