Mad Scientist lands first PGA win

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 17, 2017

DeChambeau, a colourful character who last played on British soil in the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham, had a chance to play previous year at Royal Troon but gave that up when he turned professional.

Physics major Bryson DeChambeau worked out all the angles to win the John Deere Classic in IL on Sunday and earn a spot in next week's British Open.

Three-time John Deere Classic victor Steve Stricker began three-over through eight holes on Thursday, but played the remaining 64 holes in 18-under to finish in a tie for fifth.

"I think that's the true meaning behind what I try and do", he said.

Rodgers' round saw him sink eight birdies - including a 50-foot chip at the 12th and a 50-foot birdie at the 16th - to take him to 13 under overall. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

"I wanted to believe in myself again for the final two rounds and I did". "It feels like it's been a long time coming, even though I'm 23". But he hit a 67 Friday, a 65 Saturday and 64 Sunday to tie for fifth.

Rodgers, on the other hand, had four bogeys - and his approach on No. 18 sailed past the green. His chance to force a playoff on the 18th hole vanished when his six-foot birdie putt circled the cup but would not drop.

DeChambeau became the 21st player to make the JDC his first PGA Tour title, the third in five years joining Jordan Spieth (2013) and Brian Harman (2014).

Bryson signed a multi-year contact with Cobra back in April of 2016 and immediately the engineers at Cobra worked with him to create a one length set of irons that all golfers could get their hands on.

Bryan, who won the RBC Heritage in April for his first career victory, shot a 30 on the back nine. 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. Include 2017 runner-up Patrick Rodgers, who also has a bright PGA Tour as he still searches for his first Tour victory, in that group. He had eagled No. 2 and birdied No. 8, but gave a stroke back with a bogey on the 503-yard par-4, a hole he also bogeyed in the third round.

"Realistically, if I could have made a couple more birdies there and could have got it to 18-under, who knows?"

Halfway through the final round, DeChambeau ran into trouble; he was even on the front nine and several shots back from the lead. "Obviously you look back on the back nine, and making bogeys on 14 and 17, that's where I lost the golf tournament; two pretty simple holes".

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