Mad Scientist lands first PGA win

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

Physics major Bryson DeChambeau worked out all the angles to win the John Deere Classic in IL on Sunday and earn a spot in next week's British Open.

Continuing to play the aggressive style that got him to the cusp of a championship ultimately backfired a bit, especially on the par-five 17th-a hole that was asking to be birdied.

Needing birdie on the last to force a playoff, Rodgers was wayward off the tee again.

His first birdie arrived at the eighth and be began a superb back nine with back-to-back birdies, with two more following at the 13th and 14th.

Rodgers led by two shots overnight and still looked in command when he posted his third birdie in four holes at the 13th to keep a host of challengers at bay.

Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker, who had made the cut on the number Friday, was 8-under on his final round through 14 holes and 16-under for the tournament.

His first bogey of the week came at his 36th hole, the par-four ninth, where he felt he fell victim to the golfing gods.

Bernhard Langer missed out on fourth successive Constellation Senior Players Championship after running up a double-bogey 17th in the final round.

Unfortunately, his performance at Caves Valley will be remembered only for what happened after that.

Not bad for just 10 starts as he juggles time on PGA TOUR Champions, the PGA TOUR and his Presidents Cup duties.

Langer's uncharacteristic collapse on Nos.

Savannah's Gene Sauers shot a 6-under-par 66, to finish in a tie for ninth at 10 under par. Rodgers would go on to bogey the par-5 17th and par the 18th, giving DeChambeau his first win in his 40th start on tour. "Nothing I can do about that", he said. "That was one of my goals this year, to win three events and one of them being a major".

McCarron's victory at the Allianz Championship in February wasn't almost as exciting as this one, which came to fruition because Langer came apart just when it seemed he was well on his way to making history. "Obviously, Bryson shot a great one today". Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

He finished with a 73 that included only two birdies. While he turned things around beginning with a T-26 finish at the Travelers Championship the very next week, he entered the Deere ranked just 114th in the season-long points race with his status for next season in question. "But it's easier said than done".

Welshman Phillip Price overturned a three-shot deficit on the final day to win his first European Senior Tour title at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open.

Bubba Watson shot a 68 to finish at 9 under.

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