Birthdate: March 26th, 1990
Birthplace: Columbia, S.C
College: University of South Carolina
Turned professional: 2012
2015-2016 FedEx Cup Rank: N/A
Professional Wins: 3- 2016 Digital Ally Open, 2016 El Bosque Mexico Championship & 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open (All Web.com Tour)
Honors & Accolades: 2016 Web.com Tour Player of the Year
Wesley Bryan’s Strengths
Putting - In 2015, Wesley Bryan had a putting revelation and his game turned from middling mini-tour player to a bonafide PGA Tour talent. Bryan led the 2015 Web.com Tour in putting which helped him finish 2nd in birdie average.
Areas for improvement
Ball-striking - Bryan putted so well on the Web.com Tour in 2015 that he was able to overcome a 123rd ranking in the Web.com Tour’s ball-striking statistic. Bryan’s troubles usually come off the tee where he isn’t the longest and straightest driver of the golf ball.
A look at Wesley Bryan’s Swing
Wesley Bryan’s swing is very similar to many of the younger golfers on tour, it never reroutes making it very efficient. He maintains excellent balance throughout the swing and has a lot of space at impact which allows him to control the club face well.
PGA Professional, Golf Digest's 40 under 40
2016-2017 PGA Tour Season Outlook
Wesley Bryan will look to continue his winning ways that earned him a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour from the Web.com Tour midway through the 2016 season. While Bryan’s ball-striking leaves a lot to be desired, he is one of the world’s best with the flatstick, making him a threat to win anywhere. I expect to see Bryan start a long and fruitful PGA Tour career and would compare him to a rich man’s Aaron Baddeley.
The early days...
Wesley Bryan was born into a golf family, his father George III is a teaching pro, his older brother George IV was a high school standout and 3-time All-American at South Carolina and his older sister played 4-years of college golf at the University of Charleston. Wesley followed in his brother’s footsteps, becoming a great junior player and attending the University of South Carolina.
In high school, Bryan won back to back individual South Carolina state championships in 2007 and 2008 while also becoming a known commodity on the amateur circuit. He finished 2nd in medal play at the 2008 U.S. Amateur and advanced to the round of 16 at the 2008 U.S. Public Links.
At South Carolina, Bryan put together a terrific 4-year career which included the honors of All-SEC Freshman Team, 2nd team All-SEC and a 2-time All-Southeast Region Award. Bryan ended his college career with one win and 20 other top 20 finishes.
His amateur record continued to be impressive as Bryan qualified for 10 USGA events in total, including four straight U.S. Public Links Championships.
Hittin’ the mini tours (2012-2014)
Without All-American honors at South Carolina, the mini-tours awaited rather than Web.com & PGA Tour Sponsors exemptions as Wesley Bryan turned professional in the summer of 2012. Bryan stayed close to home playing on the NGA Hooters Tour, Carolina Mountain Pro Tour, Tarheel Tour and SwingThought Tour which are based in the Carolinas.
Trick shot celebrity (2014-2015)
In 2014, neither Wesley or older brother George had broken out in their professional careers and began putting up trick shots on YouTube which went viral and made the pair a YouTube sensation. “The Bryan Bros” and the trick shot business proved quite fruitful as the pair snagged big sponsor dollars and notoriety, something few middling mini-tour professionals get. This would prove to be one of the turning points in Wesley’s career.
With the newfound capital, Bryan tried for the Web.com Tour in 2014, but failed to make it out of the 1st stage of Q-School, finishing 56th at his site.
In 2015, the pair’s celebrity grew when they participated on Golf Channel’s Big Break Palm Beaches season. Neither won the event, but the spotlight and national notoriety led to an uptick in the success of their trick shot business.
At the end of 2015, Wesley Bryan caught his big break when he advanced through Web.com Tour Q-School finishing in a tie for 9th at the final stage and earning full-status on the Web.com Tour.
The breakout (2016-present)
Wesley hit the ground running in 2016, winning two of his first six starts on the Web.com Tour, locking up his 2016-2017 card early in the season. Needing only one more win to earn a battlefield promotion that grants special membership on the PGA Tour for any player who wins three Web.com Tour events in a season, Bryan acheived the rare feat by winning a playoff at the Digital Ally Open. Bryan ended the season playing on the PGA Tour, but still earned the most money on the Web.com Tour, earning him a spot in the 2017 Players Championship.