Bryson DeChambeau snatches John Deere Classic victory
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 16/07/17 11:54pm
Bryson DeChambeau produced a storming finish to snatch victory in the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
The 23-year-old birdied the final two holes at TPC Deere Run to overtake his fellow American Patrick Rodgers and claim his maiden PGA Tour title as well as a place in this week's Open at Royal Birkdale.
Rodgers led by two shots overnight and still looked in command when he posted his third birdie in four holes at the 13th to keep a host of challengers at bay.
DeChambeau had started the day four shots behind Rodgers and failed to make any inroads as he played the first seven holes in one over par.
His first birdie arrived at the eighth and be began a superb back nine with back-to-back birdies, with two more following at the 13th and 14th.
A brilliant second shot out of the rough on the right-hand side of the fairway set up another birdie on the par-five 17th, and DeChambeau then celebrated wildly after rolling in a four-yard birdie putt at the last which put him level with Rodgers on 18 under.
Rodgers, meanwhile, had found trouble off the tee on the 17th and failed to recover as he dropped a shot.
He made a brave attempt to chip in at the last but just missed out as DeChambeau became the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.
DeChambeau finished on 18-under 266 thanks to his six-under 65 with Rodgers having to settle for second place a shot behind after closing with a 70.
After clinching the title and a trip to Southport, a tearful DeChambeau said: "I don't even know what it means right now.
"I have just been working so hard my whole life to try and do this and to finally have it happen at the John Deere where I started pretty much a couple of years ago is just incredible."
Wesley Bryan applied some early pressure to the pace-setters with a seven-under 64 which eventually earned him a share of third place with Rick Lamb (66) on 16 under.
Steve Stricker, who won the tournament three times from 2009 to 2011, also finished strongly with a 64 to tie for fifth place with Zach Johnson (67) and Jonathan Byrd (67).
Ireland's Seamus Power tied for 25th after signing off with a 67, while English qualifier Sam Horsfield shot a closing 71 to finish down in a share of 55th.