July 17, 2017
NorCal’s DeChambeau a PGA Tour Winner
Clovis native Bryson DeChambeau is a PGA Tour winner.
DeChambeau, who finished fifth in the 2015 NCGA Player of the Year race, overcame a four-stroke deficit and edged Patrick Rodgers by one to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday.
The victory earned the 2015 U.S. Amateur champion a spot into this week’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.
DeChambeau, 23, birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total. The former SMU star also won the NCAA individual title in 2015.
“I was able to right the ship about three or four weeks ago, and it’s been steady Eddie ever since,” DeChambeau said.
In what became a duel between players with NorCal ties, DeChambeau pulled event with Rodgers, who played at Stanford, after sinking a 14-foot birdie putt on the 18th. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.
“He’s a great competitor, and I was kind of shocked he bogeyed 17,” DeChambeau said about Rodgers. “I thought I was going to be in a playoff.”
Since joining the tour, DeChambeau has garnered extra attention due to his unorthodox approach. Among the quirks is his use of a set of single-length irons and wedges.
There has been a lot of talk,” DeChambeau said of the doubters.“(This) is vindication I think. It’s definitely nice to have me win under such conditions.”