You can wear pink pants on Sunday when you’re the winner at your home state tournament. That’s what Wesley Bryan learned after winning the event last week with a 13-under performance.
Down four strokes in the final round, he charged with a closing-round 67 to win by one stroke over Luke Donald. The former Gamecock blitzed the course on Sunday with four straight birdies on the front nine. He took the lead for good with a birdie on No. 15, earning himself $1.17 million in prize money, a tour exemption through 2019, and a spot in next year’s Masters.
He’s the first player from South Carolina to ever win at Hilton Head. The 27-year-old said he is already focused on what’s next.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really change anything other than I now have one PGA Tour victory,” he said. “There are a lot of guys that have just one PGA Tour victory. My one goal is to get No. 2 at this point.”
Hilton Head is becoming for Donald what the US Open is for Phil Mickleson. Donald finished second for the fifth time since 2009. The last golfer to win Hilton Head in his first attempt was Boo Weekley in 2009.
Bryan was the model of consistency over the weekend, shooting 68-67-68-67. Only two other players shot under 70 in all four rounds. Seven players beyond Bryan finished at least 10 strokes under par.