Bryson DeChambeau holes winning birdie putt and then goes nuts

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"I was able to take a pretty aggressive line, but I knew if I pulled a little bit it wouldn't go in the water because the wind", DeChambeau said of his approach.

The former Southern Methodist University star, just the fifth golfer to win the NCAA championship and United States Amateur in the same season two years ago, fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to finish at 18-under par - one shot in front of Rodgers.

Physics major Bryson DeChambeau worked out all the angles to win the John Deere Classic in IL on Sunday and earn a spot in next week's British Open. He missed eight straight cuts from mid-April through the U.S. Open last month.

He had a chance to make up for it with a birdie on 18, which would have forced a playoff, but instead his drive sailed right and struck a fan in the foot, then his second shot sailed past the green.

Rodgers, meanwhile, had found trouble off the tee on the 17th and failed to recover as he dropped a shot.

"I think that's the true meaning behind what I try and do", he said.

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).

Another player dominating the back nine was DeChambeau, who put up back-to-back birdies three different times in that nine-hole stretch, on Nos.

Needing birdie on the last to force a playoff, Rodgers was wayward off the tee again.

This year's John Deere Classic was a thriller, and it was especially thrilling for the victor, the 23 year-old Bryson DeChambeau.

"I had guys coming at me with some really low rounds", Rodgers said. "Obviously, Bryson shot a great one".

Bryan, who won the RBC Heritage in April for his first career victory, shot a 30 on the back nine.

His first birdie arrived at the eighth and be began a superb back nine with back-to-back birdies, with two more following at the 13th and 14th. He had eagled No. 2 and birdied No. 8, but gave a stroke back with a bogey on the 503-yard par-4, a hole he also bogeyed in the third round. "This week I haven't driven it that well, but I've kind of kept it in play for the most part and I've made a bunch of putts, which has been the difference", said Berger, one of only two players in the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings in the field.

Hansen says winning the Best Social Media Activation award is the icing on top of the cake for a tournament that was voted as the Best PGA Tour Event in 2016.

He would have enjoyed an even handsomer lead if it wasn't for a bogey on the last.

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