Bryan wins RBC Heritage in his home state of South Carolina

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Wesley Bryan wore the red and black plaid jacket with pride Sunday at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Heads Island, South Carolina.

The rookie made history, finishing with a final score of 13 under to become the first South Carolina native to win the event.

Bryan struggled to keep pace in the first round, finishing with a score of 69 (-2) on Thursday that landed him in a tie for 31st place. Bud Cauley shot a miraculous 63 (-8) that placed him at the top of the leaderboard.

The South Carolinian gained some ground in round two, shooting 67 (-4) on Friday to move up the rankings. Meanwhile, Luke Donald and Graham DeLaet made moves of their own as both players finished the second round in a tie for first (-10).

But amongst the constantly changing standings, Bryan remained consistent. Bryan shot a 68 (-3) in the third day, giving him a total score of nine under entering Sunday.

Jason Dufner, the leader entering the final day (-13), struggled to finish strong. Dufner shot a rough 76 (+5), dropping him into a tie for 11th place.

Bryan fared much better, shooting a 67 (-4) that gave him a final score of 13 under. Bryan’s final put from three feet out sealed the win, cementing him in the record books.

Bryan’s dad, George Bryan III, embraced him after the put, knowing his son represented his home state as best as he could have ever hoped for.

The win also marked Bryan’s first tour victory, narrowly edging Luke Donald (-12) for the win. The victory netted Bryan $1.17 million.

But it’s now on to the next tournament as Bryan looks to continue his success and put Columbia, South Carolina on the map.

 

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