Open-bound DeChambeau upstages Rodgers to win John Deere Classic

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Physics major Bryson DeChambeau has won the John Deere Classic in IL by one stroke to earn a spot in next week's British Open.

That proved to be the difference, as he finished a stroke behind Bryson DeChambeau.

No. 9 was the hole that caused problems for Lamb, the PGA Tour rookie who finished 16-under for the tournament, two strokes behind DeChambeau. He missed eight straight cuts from mid-April through the U.S. Open last month.

After clinching the title and a trip to Southport, a tearful DeChambeau said: "I don't even know what it means right now".

Rodgers, who crucially dropped a fourth shot of the day on the 17th, also had five birdies in a closing 70.

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers knew that it would take a ton of birdies Sunday to win the John Deere Classic.

Steve Stricker, who won the tournament three times from 2009 to 2011, also finished strongly with a 64 to tie for fifth place with Zach Johnson (67) and Jonathan Byrd (67). Rodgers almost chipped in from 50 feet to force a playoff, missing the cup by a foot.

He is the 10th first-time victor this season and provides the 13th win by a player under the age of 25 on TOUR this season, the most on TOUR since 1970. The former trick shot artist continues to impress during his strong rookie season, already having picked up his first victory at the RBC Heritage and finishing in the top 10 four times. Lamb was 13 under for the final two rounds but was done in by pedestrian efforts in the first two rounds.

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The 50-year-old Stricker went 8-under par through 14 holes to jump all the way up from 34th place.

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.

The uncharateristic slip up from the German saw him pipped for the title at Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore by American Scott McCarron.

Langer's uncharacteristic collapse on Nos. The 51-year-old McCarron made up a six-shot deficit in the final round to capture his first major on the PGA Tour Champions. "Just couldn't get it in there", Stricker said. He drove it left at 14, hit the trees off the tee at 17 and had more than 200 yards in for his third shot.

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

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", said Rodgers.

Playing in the twosome ahead of Langer and Jobe, McCarron didn't need to see the leaderboard to realize what happened. DeChambeau reached the green in two from the right-hand rough, lagging his eagle putt from 40 feet just short of the hole before holing out for birdie.

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