Bryan earns PGA Tour card with Digital Ally win
American Wesley Bryan has become just the 11th golfer in Web.com Tour history to earn a direct three-win ‘battlefield promotion’ to the PGA TOUR, with a playoff victory at the Digital Ally Open in Kansas.
The 26-year-old former trick shot artist defeated J.T. Poston and Grayson Murray with a birdie on the second extra hole to notch his third Web.com Tour victory of the season.
“If you had flashbacked nine months ago and told me I was going to be in this position, there is no chance I was going to believe you,” said Bryan, who earned a first-place cheque for $117,500. “Wins are hard to come by. There are a lot of players playing a lot of great golf, like you saw with J.T. and Grayson today.”
“Just to be able to do it three times is something I thought was not even possible until this year.”
After all, three players birdied the first extra hole, Bryan knocked a 6-iron from 194 yards to 3 feet from the cup on the second playoff hole to seize the advantage. Murray and Poston both missed their birdie tries allowing Bryan to tap in for the win and an instant change in workplace.
“I hit probably the best shot of the day, definitely the best shot of my career,” said Bryan, “It went 193 yards and had I a 2- or 3-footer for the win, and it was fantastic.”
Carlos Ortiz was the last player to earn direct promotion to the PGA TOUR with three victories in his 2014 season. Two Australians, Michael Sim in 2009 and Nick Flanagan in 2007, are among the 11 players to have achieved the feat since the Tour instituted the policy in 1997.
Neither Sim or Flanagan were in the field in Kansas last week with Australia’s best headed by Rhein Gibson (T23rd), Oliver Goss (T33rd) and Brett Drewitt (T48th).