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WATCH: How Bryson DeChambeau Won the John Deere Classic

Bryson DeChambeau’s use of irons of the same length was considered a novelty when he won the 2015 NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur.

His come-from-behind victory Sunday in the John Deere Classic bolsters his reasoning behind the notion.

DeChambeau collected his first PGA Tour title with a 6-under-par 65 on Sunday for 17-under 266, overpowering TPC Deere Run’s back nine with a 6-under 30, including birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. That enabled him to overhaul Patrick Rodgers by a stroke. Wesley Bryan and Rick Lamb tied for third at 16-under 268.

“Oh my gosh, you are kidding me!” DeChambeau exclaimed on the range when Rodgers’ chip at the last to force a playoff missed. “I don’t know what it means right now.”

It means plenty. DeChambeau, 23, grabbed the last berth in the Open Championship with the victory, as well as a PGA Tour exemption through 2019 and all that goes with it. He’d tied for 14th in the Greenbrier Classic the previous week, but aside from a second in Puerto Rico, 2017 hadn’t been bright, including a string of eight straight missed cuts.

Rodgers, who had led or shared the lead since Friday afternoon, bogeyed the par-5 17th hole to fall a shot behind, and missed his birdie chip to tie on the 18th by a foot. His final round 70 matched the highest score of the contenders on a typical day at Deere Run, when anything more than 69 sent you backwards.

DeChambeau’s last two birdies were boldly constructed. He lashed a hybrid 259 yards from a sidehill lie in the rough to the green on the par-5 17th and two-putted from 36 feet, then dropped his approach on the par-4 18th 14 feet behind the cup on the back edge of the green and ran that in for a 3 to tie Rodgers.

Moments later came Rodgers’ bogey at the 17th, and DeChambeau went to the range to prepare for a playoff that never came.

Three-time winner Steve Stricker made a strong bid for a fourth title, making birdies on 14 of his last 30 holes after making the cut on the number. Out three hours before the final twosome, the 50-year-old shared the lead for a time before a final-hole bogey for 64 and 269, tying for fifth with fellow former winners Zach Johnson and Jonathan Byrd, as well as Scott Stallings.


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