Bryan claims first PGA Tour scalp at RBC Heritage

Wesley Bryan earned the first PGA Tour victory of his career with a win at the 2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Bryan, who grew up in South Carolina, moved from four-shots down Sunday to win his home state tournament, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Luke Donald.

Patrick Cantlay, Ollie Schniederjans and William McGirt rounded out the top five.

Bryan got it going with his front-nine run with birdies on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. After Bryan moved in front on the 15th, he grinded out three straight two-putt pars to secure his maiden PGA Tour victory.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really change anything other than I now have one PGA Tour victory,” said Bryan. “There are a lot of guys that have just one PGA Tour victory. My one goal is to get No. 2 at this point.”

The win also was sentimental for Bryan, whose father George III made an appearance at the RBC Heritage in 2004.

“This is as good as it gets,” said Bryan who won three times last year on the Web.Com Tour to gain battlefield promotion to the main tour.

“It’s one that I grew up dreaming on the practice green late at night when I was a kid, like this putt’s to win the Heritage. And to get it done here is one of the coolest experiences ever.”

Wesley Bryan WITB – The Heritage

  • GBB Epic Driver (8.5º)
  • GBB Epic Fairway Wood (13.5º)
  • Apex Hybrid (18º)
  • Apex Pro 16 Irons (4-PW)
  • MD3 Milled Wedges (50º, 54º)
  • Mack Daddy Forged Wedges (58º)
  • Odyssey Metal-X Milled #2 Putter
  • Chrome Soft X Golf Ball

With the win, Bryan collects 500 points and moves from No. 59 to No. No. 14 in the FedExCup standings. He is now 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking, having played just 33 counting events in his career.

He is the sixth first-time winner of the 2016-17 season and became only the sixth player in 49 years to win the RBC Heritage on their first attempt, joining Arnold Palmer (1969), Bob Goalby (1970), Stewart Cink (2000), Jose Coceres (2001), and Boo Weekley (2007).

Bryan earned $1.17 million, a tour exemption through the 2018-19 season and a spot in the 2018 Masters.

Rod Pampling was the best of the Australians finishing in a tie for 26th position, three places better than Cameron Smith. Marc Leishman carded a final round 71 to move nine places up the leaderboard ending in a tie for 44th position closing out the Aussie contingent that made the weekend.

John Senden missed the 1-under-par cut mark by a shot, with Steven Bowdith missing another cut, along with Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ggilvy.