Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Open-bound DeChambeau upstages Rodgers to win John Deere Classic

Open-bound DeChambeau upstages Rodgers to win John Deere Classic

The 23-year-old Korean closed with a five-under-par 67 to finish on 11-under, two ahead of compatriot Hye Jin Choi, who was bidding to become the first amateur in 50 years to win the event.

Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker, who had made the cut on the number Friday, was 8-under on his final round through 14 holes and 16-under for the tournament.

He finished the tournament tied for fifth with a 72-hole total of 269, which put him at 15-under for the tournament.

"I was able to get two more rounds under my belt and work on a few things".

Not bad for just 10 starts as he juggles time on PGA TOUR Champions, the PGA TOUR and his Presidents Cup duties. Continuing to play the aggressive style that got him to the cusp of a championship ultimately backfired a bit, especially on the par-five 17th-a hole that was asking to be birdied.

It also allows JDC tournament director Clair Peterson to add another young standout with a bright future to the stable of those owing a debt of gratitude to the local tournament that looks forward to its 48th season in 2018.

But even he's not immune from back nine Sunday nerves.

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Halfway through the final round, DeChambeau ran into trouble; he was even on the front nine and several shots back from the lead. It's pretty special to play in an Open Championship, the home of golf pretty much, where golf started in that area.

"In due time I think that'll happen in the right situation because he's done a lot for the game". I felt it, which is good, so I will be better next time around.

He added: "I can rely on hitting a strong shot into the wind and it's not going to stall. Today was a day I had my chances and unfortunately down the stretch I couldn't make any".

Bryson DeChambeau has only been a professional golfer for two years, but has been a lightning rod for many more. He moves from No. 114 to 34 in the FedExCup with 524 points.

It also gives DeChambeau another connection to former SMU standout Payne Stewart - who won his first PGA Tour title in the Quad-Cities at the 1982 QC event at Oakwood where he also first wore plus-4 trousers. It was the first top-10 finish of his TOUR career and moved him from outside the top 200 to 149th in the FedExCup, securing a place in the Finals.

Wesley Bryan posted one of the low rounds of the day, a seven-under 64 that featured a six-under 30 on his back nine to finish at 16-under 268. His previous-best was a T17 at the Travelers Championship last month.

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