Bryson DeChambeau wins John Deere Classic

Henrietta Brewer
July 17, 2017

Bryson DeChambeau has only been a professional golfer for two years, but has been a lightning rod for many more.

Bryson DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., by a stroke Sunday for his first PGA Tour title - and a spot this week in the British Open. In 2015, the former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.

The tournament was still Rodgers' to lose despite three bogeys in his opening 15 holes, before DeChambeau's aggression at the par-5 17 paid dividends and identified him as Rodgers' main challenger.

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

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

A brilliant shot from out of the rough on the par-five 17th saw him pick up another shot, and then he celebrated his sixth birdie of the back nine when he rolled in a 12-footer on the final green to tie Rodgers at the top of the leaderboard on 18 under par.

DeChambeau can look past all the detractors now that he's a PGA Tour victor, especially with how he did it.

In winning, the former US Amateur champion became the 10th first-time victor on the PGA Tour this year. "But I had guys coming at me with some really low rounds".

"I just kind of had everything go against me there", Rodgers said. It is Bryan's first top-10 finish since his win at the RBC Heritage. Lamb was 13 under for the final two rounds but was done in by pedestrian efforts in the first two rounds. 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?"

You get the feeling that it is just a budding relationship the tourney has with players such as Spieth, Harman and other youngsters taking advantage of the JDC exemptions.

Johnson, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native who won at TPC Deere Run in 2012 and notched six top-three finishes in his last eight appearances, again drew the biggest galleries.

This meant that Rodgers needed a birdie on 18 to tie DeChambeau for the lead at 18-under. "Early on it looked like my game plan was being executed", Johnson said.

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