Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

PGA TOUR: Emotional DeChambeau secures maiden victory and final Open spot

PGA TOUR: Emotional DeChambeau secures maiden victory and final Open spot

DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on the hard par-4 18th to pull even with Rodgers. Rodgers would drop a shot at the same hole after finding the trees with his tee shot.

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. The 18th, with its tight fairway protected by a large sand trap to the left and trees to the right, and a water hazard to the left of the green, saw just 53 birdies over the entire tournament compared to 91 bogeys, 22 double bogeys, and three triples. There were also 20 eagles on the hole. The 361-yard par-4 No. 14 was.398 strokes under par.

This meant that Rodgers needed a birdie on 18 to tie DeChambeau for the lead at 18-under.

"I think that's the true meaning behind what I try and do is I show everybody that look there's plenty of ways to do it and I like doing it my way and I feel comfortable doing it my way", he said.

DeChambeau reacts to his birdie putt at the final hole.

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

With his first victory here, he has taken huge steps to make that happen as he continues to prove that although he doesn't quite fit the normal mold for PGA Tour players that he belongs.

PGA TOUR rookie and IN native Rick Lamb posted scores of 69-70-63-66 to finish T3 at 16-under. But his only bogey came on the 18th hole, when his par putt grazed the cup.

You get the feeling that it is just a budding relationship the tourney has with players such as Spieth, Harman and other youngsters taking advantage of the JDC exemptions. Rodgers hit his drive on 17 into the rough and ended up bogeying the hole.

Few golfers enjoyed the run through the back nine on Sunday more than Wesley Bryan, who at one point strung together five straight birdies and briefly held the clubhouse lead at 16 under. "This week I haven't driven it that well, but I've kind of kept it in play for the most part and I've made a bunch of putts, which has been the difference", said Berger, one of only two players in the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings in the field. "Honestly, it was a bunch of tap-ins on the back nine". He posted back-to-back birdies on Nos.

DeChambeau likes the risk-reward holes, like he sees on No.14 and No. 17 at TPC Deere Run.

"It's got to be pedal to the metal, because 13-under is not going to win this".

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