Bryson DeChambeau wanted to win the Masters as an amateur, but instead his first event in a professional tournament came on Sunday at the DAP Championship in the Web.com Tour Finals.
With the win, DeChambeau will earn his 2016-17 PGA Tour card after finishing in the top 25 of the Web.com Finals.
DeChambeau took home the win in two playoff holes over Andres Gonzales, Nicholas Lindheim and Julian Etulain. It’s the first of what feels like will be a bushel of wins over the next two decades for the uber-talented DeChambeau.
DeChambeau led after 54 holes but shot a pretty average 71 on Sunday (the other three playoff competitors were all in the 60s for their final rounds). A birdie-par two-hole playoff delivered the first win of his career.
“I hit some really good putts that unfortunately didn’t go in,” said DeChambeau. “That’s the name of the game. I was able to stay patient and push through and make a clutch putt when I needed to. It’s not an easy golf course.”
It had to be tough for DeChambeau, who came onto the PGA Tour after the Masters with a handful of sponsor’s exemptions and his sights set on earning his PGA Tour card that way. A top five at the RBC Heritage came quickly, but he didn’t do much else after that, which is why he found himself in the Web.com Tour Finals.
That had to be a bit of a shock given the expectations and his ability to meet most of them throughout his young career.
You have to credit him for banging out this win to get to the PGA Tour starting in October when the 2016-17 season kicks off.
“I’ll be ready to go … in the fall,” said DeChambeau. “I’ll be ready to go just like they were last year. The first three tournaments out there [last year] were won by guys from the Web.com Tour. It’s pretty impressive, and I hope I can do the same.”
Source: CBS Sports / Young sensation Bryson DeChambeau wins first pro event, earns PGA Tour card