Wesley Bryan Wins 1st-Ever PGA Tour Event in Home State at RBC Heritage 2017

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2017

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 16:  Wesley Bryan hits a tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the 2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 16, 2017 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)
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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
Pos.GolferFinal ScorePayout
1Wesley Bryan-13$1,170,000
2Luke Donald-12$702,000
T3Patrick Cantlay-11$338,000
T3Ollie Schniederjans-11$338,000
T3William McGirt-11$338,000
T6Brian Gay-10$217,750
T6J.J. Spaun-10$217,750
T6Graham DeLaet-10$217,750
T9Brian Harman-9$182,000
T9Bud Cauley-9$182,000

ESPN Stats & Info put his earnings from Sunday in perspective:

The PGA Tour provided a replay of his final putt:

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:

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:

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:

Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray noted how Bryan's win is particularly impressive:

McGirt congratulated the champion:

ESPN.com's Jason Sobel praised Bryan's quick rise to being a champion on the PGA Tour:

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:

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.


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