Another week, another bright young star winning for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Twenty-three-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, who won the NCAA individual title and the US Amateur crown just two years ago, snapped a string of eight straight cuts missed by winning the John Deere Classic on Sunday. He birdied six of the final nine holes to finish 6-under for the day and 18-under for the tournament.
“I was able to right the ship about three or four weeks ago, and it’s been steady Eddie ever since,” DeChambeau said. “It is vindication.”
The win put DeChambeau into this week’s field at The Open Championship. It also earned him $1.008 million and 500 FedEx Cup points as he went 66-65-70-65 – 266.
Fifty-year-old Steve Stricker made a fantastic push at the end, shooting a 64 on Sunday to wind up 15-under and tied for fifth.
DeChambeau shot the final 11 holes at 7-under. A product of Southern Methodist University, he has been one of the most engaging pros on tour since joining the PGA.