Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers knew that it would take a ton of birdies Sunday to win the John Deere Classic.
Bryson DeChambeau took that advice to heart.
DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to beat Rodgers by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title — and a spot this week in the British Open.
The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied four of the final six holes in Silvis, Illinois, for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total. In 2015, the unconventional former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.
The win punctuated a comeback of sorts for DeChambeau, who capped a string of missed cuts with a 6-over finish last month in the U.S. Open.
“I show everybody that, ‘Look. There’s plenty of ways to do it.’ I do it my way and I feel comfortable doing it my way,” DeChambeau said.
Rodgers closed with 70.
DeChambeau became the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under. Madison resident Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.
Stricker, who won the event from 2009-11, grabbed a share of the lead before Rodgers teed off Sunday.
Stricker, 50, went 8 under par through 14 holes to jump all the way up from 34th place. But Stricker’s only bogey came on the 18th hole, when his par putt grazed the cup.
“Realistically, if I could have made a couple more birdies there and could have got it to 18 under, who knows? Just couldn’t get it in there,” Stricker said.
Sung Hyun Park got her first LPGA Tour title, shooting her second straight 5-under 67 to beat teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi by two strokes at the U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, New Jersey.
President Donald Trump was in attendance for the third straight day. There was a peaceful protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green.
Scott McCarron shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to win the Senior Players Championship by one shot over Brandt Jobe and Bernhard Langer n Owings Mills, Maryland.
Madison’s Jerry Kelly finished tied for 50th, 17 shots off the lead, after a 71.