Bryson DeChambeau birdied his final two holes to win the John Deere Classic by one shot over Patrick Rodgers on Sunday. DeChambeau's final-round 65 erased the four-shot deficit he faced at the start of the day. The win earned DeChambeau a spot in this week's Open Championship and moves him to 34th in the FedExCup, a big move after being outside the top 125 a few weeks prior.Full scores
Golf's Polarizing Personality
Bryson's unique approach to the game has rubbed many fans and peers the wrong way. His early struggles in 2017 supplied haters with plenty of ammo. But despite his unique approach and different personality, DeChambeau is one of golf's brightest young stars.
Bryson's approach is an attempt to become a golf machine. Ironically, his "machine-like" approach has yielded one of golf's most unique and interesting personalities. His ascension comes at an excellent time. Bubba Watson's struggles and Ian Poulter's decline have left golf without a polarizing figure. The win will thrust Bryson and his antics into the spotlight, infusing some much needed contrast to the sport.
Oh so close
After back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 it looked as though Patrick Rodgers would finally claim a PGA Tour win. Instead DeChambeau closed like a champion while Rodgers came back to the field. The 24-year-old turned professional after a Stanford career that mirrored that of Tiger Woods. Expectations have been high and Rodgers has yet to win midway through his third season on Tour. There is plenty of time for Rodgers to get in the winner’s circle, but this week marks another lost opportunity.
Death, Taxes and Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker contending at the John Deere Classic. The pair both finished the tournament at 15 under and in a tie for 5th. Johnson was in contention all week, recording his best finish of the season. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker shook off a slow start to notch his second top-10 finish on the year. Had it not been for Stricker's first-round 73, he could have won his fourth JDC title.
An Amateur Affair
Two of the six high-profile sponsor exemptions played the weekend at the JDC. Amateurs Maverick McNealy and Nick Hardy finished T44 and T56, respectively. Three of the other four exemptions missed the cut by one shot and the fourth by two.
The T44 is McNealy's best professional finish in his six starts. He’s a name golf fans will see more of soon. The former top-ranked amateur likely will turn professional following September's Walker Cup.
Illinois' Nick Hardy is a Walker Cup hopeful and the strong performance will help his odds of getting a spot. The soon-to-be senior worked his way all the way into the top 10 on Saturday but stumbled down the stretch. Hardy has now played in two U.S. Opens and the JDC, making the cut in two of his three chances to play with the Tour's best.
Sleepers at Royal Birkdale
It's Open Championship week and the world's best will be playing for the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale. Our full preview will be out on Wednesday morning but here's a look at a 8 players that could surprise this week. Check out the article here.
Rafa Cabrera Bello topped Callum Shinkwin in a playoff to win the Scottish Open. Cabrera Bello closed with a final-round 64 and added a birdie on the first playoff hole to end a five-year winless drought. Over the past two years, the Spaniard has been one of the world's most consistent players. In that span, Cabrera Bello had three runner up finishes and 11 other top 10's, his glaring absence, a win. The win moves RCB into the top 20 of the world and could open the floodgates.
Besides Cabrera Bello, some other big name players posted strong finishes in Scotland. Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler each posted top 10's and are in top form heading to Birkdale.
England's Ian Poulter continued his stellar season with T9 finish.
The 2008 Open Champion from Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington, finished T4.
A big story from Scotland is the continued struggles of superstar Rory McIlroy. The world's fourth-ranked player missed his second straight cut and his third in his last four starts. McIlroy's struggles with his putter are well-documented and continue to haunt him. In Scotland, McIlroy also struggled with his approach shots. He will head to Birkdale looking to win his first major championship since the 2014 PGA.
The Anchor Club
Bernhard Langer double bogeyed his 71st hole, which opened the door for Scott McCarron to win the Senior Players Championship by one shot. McCarron’s final round 66 erased the six-shot deficit that he entered Sundaywith. The win is McCarron's second on the season and the first major of his Champions Tour career. The pair of McCarron and Langer dominated headlines leading up to the week because of their use of long-putters, which appear to be anchored.
Southeast Asian Affair
The U.S. Women's Open saw a dramatic finish with Sung Hyun Park beating amateur Hye-Jin Choi by one-shot. Park used a final-round 67 to track down the 17-year-old amateur and win by two shots. Choi fell just short of becoming the first amateur to win a women's major championship since 1967.
The final leaderboard gave a synopsis of the state of the women's game. Of the top ten, eight hailed from South Korea and none from North America.
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