Beginning the final round four strokes back at 12-under 201, Bryson DeChambeau birdied his final two holes to post a 6-under 65, 18-under 266 total and one-stroke victory over 36- and 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers.
DeChambeau claims his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 40th TOUR start at the age of 23 years, 10 months.
With the win, DeChambeau collects 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 114 to 34 with 524 points.
With the win, DeChambeau will make his first start at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2018.
Following an even-par front nine Sunday, DeChambeau reeled off birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18 to post the final-round 65.
DeChambeau was making his 25th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. After missing eight straight cuts, he finished inside the top 30 in his last three starts before this week.
DeChambeau is now a collective 15-under par in his last three final rounds on TOUR.
After finding just 10 of 18 greens in regulation in round three, DeChambeau hit all but one green in Sunday’s final round (No. 5).
DeChambeau wins in his second start in the John Deere Classic (MC/2015). He played on a sponsor invitation in 2015.
DeChambeau wins in his first full season on the PGA TOUR. In 2016, he finished fifth on the Web.com Tour priority list. On that Tour last year, he won the DAP Championship in his Web.com Tour debut.
DeChambeau becomes the 19th player to make the John Deere Classic his first PGA TOUR title. The last was Brian Harman in 2014.
With his win, DeChambeau becomes the 10th first-time winner this season, and second consecutive following Xander Schauffele at The Greenbrier Classic.
Prior to this week, DeChambeau’s best finish on the PGA TOUR was a T2 at the Puerto Rico Open earlier this season.
With his win, DeChambeau records the 13th win by a player under the age of 25 on TOUR this season, the most on TOUR since 1970.
Bryson DeChambeau 66-65-70-65—266 (-18)
Patrick Rodgers 65-64-68-70—267 (-17)
Most Wins Under the age of 25 PGA TOUR Since 1970
# of Wins
Nine different players under the age of 25 have won this season: Justin Thomas (3), Hideki Matsuyama (2), Jordan Spieth (2), Daniel Berger, Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Si Woo Kim, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau.
Since moving to TPC Deere Run in 2000, the eventual winner has emerged from behind after 54 holes nine times now. The last to come from behind and win after the third round was Jordan Spieth in 2013.
In 35 stroke-play events this season on the PGA TOUR, someone other than the 54-hole leader has emerged victorious 24 times. The last to do so was Xander Schauffele at last week’s Greenbrier Classic.
With his win at the age of 23 years, 10 months, DeChambeau continues the trend of winners under the age of 30. So far this season now, 22 of the 36 wins have come from 18 different players under the age of 30, a TOUR record.
Different winners under the age of 30
2016-17 18 (22 total through 36 events)
2015-16 14 (18 total wins)
2014-15 14 (24 total wins)
2013-14 16 (22 total wins)
With his win, DeChambeau earns the final spot in The Open Qualifying Series USA for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. It marks his debut in the Open Championship and is just his second major appearance (2016-T46).
Only 11 players have managed to win on the PGA TOUR the week before winning a major:
2014 Rory McIlroy won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by PGA Championship
2007 Tiger Woods won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by PGA Championship
2006 Phil Mickelson won BellSouth Classic followed by Masters
1988 Sandy Lyle won Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters
1971 Lee Trevino won the Canadian Open followed by the British Open
1959 Art Wall won the Azalea Open followed by the Masters
1949 Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters
1946 *Ben Hogan won the Winnipeg Open followed by the PGA
1945 *Byron Nelson won the Chicago Victory Open followed by the PGA
1939 Ralph Guldahl won the Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters
1939 *Henry Picard won the Scranton Open followed by the PGA
* No event scheduled the week after first win. Major was the next event contested
Interestingly, the late Payne Stewart claimed his first of 11 PGA TOUR titles at the 1982 John Deere Classic. And, like DeChambeau, Stewart hailed from Southern Methodist University.
2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 25-10-2-1
PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 40-18-3-1
DeChambeau’s stats for the week;
R1 – 14 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, 30 putts.
R2 – 10 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 26 putts.
R3 – 9 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens in regulation, 28 putts.
R4 – 9 of 14 fairways, 17 of 18 greens in regulation, 30 putts.
DeChambeau’s Strokes Gained Summary (week):
About Bryson DeChambeau
Full Name: Bryson DeChambeau
Height: 6-1 Weight: 185
Birthday: September 16, 1993
Birthplace: Modesto, California
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Education: Southern Methodist University
Turned professional: 2016
Joined PGA TOUR: 2015-16
Web.com Tour Graduate (2016)
Starting the day with a two-shot lead over Daniel Berger and Scott Stallings, 36- and 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers could manage no better than a 1-under 70, resulting in a solo-second-place finish at 17-under 267.
Today’s 2nd-place finish supplants his previous-best finish on TOUR this season of T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open. His best finish on TOUR before this week was a T2 at the 2015 wells Fargo Championship.
Rodgers’ 54-hole lead was just his third after any round on the PGA TOUR and second after 54 holes. Through 54 holes earlier this season at the Farmers Insurance Open, he was T1 before finishing T4.
Rodgers’ 54-hole total of 197 marked his lowest score through three rounds on the PGA TOUR, supplanting 199 from the 2016 RSM Classic.
Rodgers was making his sixth start in the John Deere Classic, which is more starts than he has made on any other PGA TOUR event.
In 23 starts on TOUR this season, Rodgers now has three top-10 finishes and moves to No. 52 in the FedExCup points.
PGA TOUR rookie and Indiana native Rick Lamb posted scores of 69-70-63-66—268 (-16) to finish T3 and claim the first top-10 finish of his TOUR career. His previous-best was a T17 at the Travelers Championship last month.
Lamb, who made his way to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 38th-place finish on last year’s Web.com Tour priority list, won the LECOM Health Challenge on that TOUR last season.
Lamb’s T3 finish this week comes in his 15th start on the PGA TOUR this season. He has now made five cuts.
Making his second start in the John Deere Classic, Wesley Bryan birdied five of his last six holes in the final round (Nos. 13-17) to post a 7-under 64 and finish at 16-under 268 (T3).
In last year’s John Deere Classic, he finished T8 at 14-under 270.
This week’s John Deere Classic marks Bryan’s fifth top-10 finish in 22 starts this season, highlighted by his first career PGA TOUR victory at the RBC Heritage.
Bryan will be making his first start in The Open Championship this week.
Making his 16th start in the John Deere Classic, Zach Johnson posted scores of 65-67-70-67—269 (-15) to finish T5. Johnson extends his streak of consecutive rounds of par-or-better to 37, 33 of which have been in the 60s.
Of those 16 starts at the John Deere Classic, Johnson has now collected seven top-10 finishes, six of which have been top 5 finishes.
In total, Johnson has 43 rounds below 70 at TPC Deere Run, the most of any player. Steve Stricker trails with 33.
No one has more birdies at TPC Deere Run than Johnson who brought his total this week to 279. Steve Stricker is behind him with 260.
In 17 starts on TOUR this season, Johnson now has three top-10 finishes.
In 15 previous starts at the John Deere Classic, Johnson has one win (2012), three runner-ups (2009, 2013, 2014) and two third-place finishes (2011, 2015). Johnson has the most runner-ups in the event.
Johnson was in search of his 13th PGA TOUR title and first since the 2015 Open Championship. Of his 11 victories on U.S. soil, he has won in just four states; Texas (2008, 2009 Valero Texas Open, 2010, 2012 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational), Georgia (2004, 2007 AT&T Classic, 2007 Masters Tournament), Hawaii (2009 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2014 Tournament of Champions) and Illinois (2012 John Deere Classic, 2013 BMW Championship).
2009-2011 John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker, who made the 36-hole cut on the number, followed a 6-under 65 in round three with a 64 in the final round to finish at 15-under 269 (T5).
With his T5 finish, Stricker has now finished inside the top 10 of the John Deere Classic in exactly half of his 16 starts, tying the John Deere Classic record.
Stricker’s combined score of 13-under in rounds three and four marks his best weekend at the John Deere Classic by three strokes. On four occasions, he played the two weekend rounds in a combined 10-under-par.
Stricker is competing in next week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale after finishing fourth at Royal Troon in 2016.
Additional player notes
After making the cut on the number Saturday, 2014 John Deere Classic winner Brian Harman followed an 8-under 63 in round three with a 67 in Sunday’s final round to finish at 14-under 270 (T10). He opened birdie-eagle en route to the 67.
2007 John Deere Classic champion Jonathan Byrd enjoyed a solid week, posting scores of 70-65-67-67—269
(-15) to finish T5. It marked his first top-10 showing since a T13 at the 2014 Barracuda Championship.
Six past John Deere Classic champions were in the field this week: Ryan Moore/2016 (MC), Brian Harman/2014 (T10), Zach Johnson/2012 (T5), Steve Stricker/2009-2011 (T5), Jonathan Byrd/2007 (T5) and Sean O’Hair/2005 (MDF).
R1: K.J. Choi (68), Bryson DeChambeau (66), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (69), Charles Howell III (63), Kevin Kisner (69), Maverick McNealy (69), Patrick Rodgers (65), Boo Weekley (68).
R2: Ricky Barnes (68), Jonathan Byrd (65), Miguel Angel Carballo (68), Chesson Hadley (64), Kevin Kisner (65), Peter Malnati (67), Scott Stallings (64), Kyle Stanley (66), Robert Streb (66), Steve Stricker (67), Charlie Wi (69).
R3: Brian Harman (63), Seamus Power (66), Ollie Schniederjans (66), Scott Stallings (64), Daniel Summerhays (66) and Y.E. Yang (67).
R4: Mark Anderson (70), Bud Cauley (66), K.J. Choi (66), Camilo Villegas (68).
Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Deere Run:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.916 35.800 70.716
R2: 34.438 35.333 69.771 70.247
R3: 33.938 34.247 68.125 69.817
R4: 34.192 35.219 69.411 69.521