Web.com win launches DeChambeau to PGA Tour
22-year-old Bryson DeChambeau emerged victorious in a four-way playoff with a par on the second extra hole at the DAP Championship in the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events, locking up his PGA TOUR card for the 2016-17 season.
After DeChambeau, Andres Gonzales, Julian Etulain and Nicholas Lindheim had completed the tournament with a 7-under par 273 total, DeChambeau and Gonzales were the first to advance with a pair of birdies on the first playoff hole at the Canterbury Golf Club, and DeChambeau holed a four-foot par putt on the next trip down the 18th to secure his first win as a professional.
“Oh my gosh, it’s amazing. It’s beyond my wildest dreams. I’m just so ecstatic about today,” DeChambeau said.
“All these guys out here could play on the PGA TOUR no problem. It’s just about getting it done, staying patient, executing shots, and that’s luckily what I was able to do this week.”
With this win, DeChambeau also became the 15th player in Web.com Tour history to win in his first start and is the youngest winner on the Web.com Tour this season at 22 years, 11 months, 26 days.
The three players vanquished by the dapper California native can be content in the knowledge that they too have secured PGA TOUR cards for 16/17 on the back of this result.
The first of four Finals Series events was a solid one for an Australian contingent aiming to finish in the Top 25 players over the course of these events to earn PGA TOUR cards.
Veterans Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy (T10) and Stuart Appleby (T16) lead the way, ahead of Brett Drewitt, Cameron Smith and Rhein Gibson (all T28).
The only Australian to miss out was Australian Open champion Matt Jones, who withdrew after an opening round of 73.
The second Finals event – Albertsons Boise Open – tees off this week at the 6769-yard Hillcrest Country Club layout in Boise, Idaho where on past results, some incredibly low scoring is predicted.