Wesley Bryan earned the first PGA Tour victory of his career with a win in the 2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Bryan edged out Luke Donald by one shot to finish atop the leaderboard Sunday. Patrick Cantlay, Ollie Schniederjans and William McGirt rounded out the top five.
Bryan earned $1.17 million for winning the RBC Heritage, per ESPN.com. Below is a look at the payouts for the top 10 finishers:
|RBC Heritage Payouts: Top 10|
ESPN Stats & Info put his earnings from Sunday in perspective:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Wesley Bryan: 1st PGA TOUR victory winning share ($1.17 million) was more than his combined official TOUR earnings entering week ($998,923)2017-4-16 21:56:40
The PGA Tour provided a replay of his final putt:
PGA TOUR @PGATOUR
A hometown hero! 🏆 @WesleyBryanGolf has won the @RBC_Heritage! #QuickHits https://t.co/F3vvoUfCDs2017-4-16 21:36:36
Every golfer wants to win the Masters and take home a green jacket. A plaid jacket isn't too bad, either. Stefanie Frerotte of WJCL in Savannah, Georgia, shared a photo of Bryan donning his newly won piece of clothing:
Stefanie Frerotte @SFrerotteWJCL
Wesley Bryan wins the plaid Jacket @WJCL_News @RBC_Heritage https://t.co/T2T8sCAtmt2017-4-16 22:01:29
The victory will be extra special for the 27-year-old, who golfed at the University of South Carolina and is a native of Columbia, the state capital. According to the Web.com Tour's official Twitter account, he's the first golfer from South Carolina to win the tournament.
Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman highlighted another South Carolina connection:
Kelly Tilghman @KellyTilghmanGC
Making South Carolina proud. Wesley Bryan joins Dustin Johnson as a PGA Tour winner. Both attended same high school. #DutchFork2017-4-16 21:36:19
After Bryan made his way to the clubhouse, he still had to await Graham DeLaet's final few holes before he could put his hands on the trophy.
DeLaet began the day in second place but couldn't find a groove in the final round. A bogey on the 14th hole was a big setback in his title hopes, and a par on the 17th hole was the final nail in his coffin as he needed to make up three shots on the last hole to catch Bryan.
According to Chad Coleman of Callaway Golf and Odyssey Golf, Bryan called his shot weeks ago:
Chad Coleman @HashtagChad
I kid you not, @wesleybryangolf FaceTimed me two weeks ago and said, "Just wanted to give you a heads up, I'm gonna win the @RBC_Heritage."2017-4-16 21:23:24
Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray noted how Bryan's win is particularly impressive:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
With win, @wesleybryangolf would become 1st to win @WebDotComTour POY then on PGA Tour following season since Zach Johnson in 2004.2017-4-16 21:01:33
McGirt congratulated the champion:
William McGirt @WilliamMcGirt
Huge congrats to @wesleybryangolf on winning @RBC_Heritage today! First with SC roots to don the tartan jacket. Congrats pal! 👊🏻2017-4-16 22:10:17
ESPN.com's Jason Sobel praised Bryan's quick rise to being a champion on the PGA Tour:
Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN
Remarkable ascendancy for Wesley Bryan, from trick-shot mini-tour player to Web POY to PGA Tour champion in just a few years. Great story.2017-4-16 21:42:23
Whereas Bryan will forever remember the RBC Heritage final round fondly, Jason Dufner had a Sunday to forget.
He entered the final round with a one-shot lead over DeLaet after posting a six-under 65 Saturday. Although Dufner had the magic touch in the third round, he did little right in the fourth, falling into a tie for 11th after going five over for the round.
The day began brightly for the 2013 PGA Championship winner after he birdied No. 2. Then, he carded three bogeys over the next five holes. A double-bogey on No. 13 and bogey on No. 14 added to his misery.
Newsweek's Eamon Lynch thought Dufner's putting, in particular, was an ugly sight:
Eamon Lynch @eamonlynch
Watching Jason Dufner putt... https://t.co/8sms4CC1HV2017-4-16 20:30:41
It would be inaccurate to say Sunday's win could be a turning point in Bryan's PGA Tour career since he has spent so little time on the Tour. The RBC Heritage was his 18th event on golf's top tier, and this is his first season since making the jump full time from the Web.com Tour.
Based on this result, Bryan has a bright future ahead.