PGA win earns DeChambeau Open berth

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

He made a fearless attempt to chip in at the last but just missed out as DeChambeau became the 10th first-time victor on the PGA Tour this year.

The former Southern Methodist University star, just the fifth golfer to win the NCAA championship and United States Amateur in the same season two years ago, fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to finish at 18-under par - one shot in front of Rodgers.

Bryson DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title - and a spot in the British Open.

After clinching the title and a trip to Southport, a tearful DeChambeau said: "I don't even know what it means right now".

DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even with Rodgers.

Rodgers, meanwhile, had found trouble off the tee on the 17th and failed to recover as he dropped a shot.

"I just kind of had everything go against me there", Rodgers said. "I thought I was going to be in a playoff".

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.

Continuing to play the aggressive style that got him to the cusp of a championship ultimately backfired a bit, especially on the par-five 17th-a hole that was asking to be birdied.

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Rodgers, on the other hand, had four bogeys - and his approach on No. 18 sailed past the green.

Needing birdie on the last to force a playoff, Rodgers was wayward off the tee again.

A whirlwind back nine at the John Deere Classic transformed Bryson DeChambeau from a much-discussed prospect into a PGA Tour victor.

"I definitely think they deserve it, you know, with this tournament being, you know, Tournament of the Year last year for the PGA Tour, I think it's great for them to get it", said Tavender Jones.

The 23-year-old Korean closed with a five-under-par 67 to finish on 11-under, two ahead of compatriot Hye Jin Choi, who was bidding to become the first amateur in 50 years to win the event.

His first bogey of the week came at his 36th hole, the par-four ninth, where he felt he fell victim to the golfing gods. "It was important for me to make the cut here", Stricker said.

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.

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.

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