On April 16, 2017, 27-year-old Wesley Bryan became the most recent rookie to take a winning title at the PGA Tour, with a final score of 271 (-13). The RBC Heritage that takes place in Hilton Head, South Carolina, has never before been won by a South Carolinian, but Bryan has just made history taking his first PGA title in his home state. He now joins Dustin Johnson on the list of PGA tour winners from their high school.
Bryan was not the obvious win for the tournament from the first round. He ended his first day with a score of 69 (-2), as opposed Luke Donald and Graham DeLaet who were tied for first place in both rounds one and two (both of whom scored 65 on their first day and 67 on their second). Bryan began to catch up on round two with his score of 67 (-4) as well, slowly bumping him up the leader board. Although Wesley began making his way up, there was talk that Luke Donald was on track to win his first tour title. It seemed as though Bryan was still decently behind Donald and DeLaet until round three, where Bryan scored 68 (-3) with Donald at 72 and DeLaet at 69. By the end of round three, Graham DeLaet and 2013 Oak Hill PGA winner, Jason Dufner were in the lead. Throughout the fourth and final round, there were multiple projections of who was to win the title. Dufner began with a one shot lead over DeLaet, yet Bryan pushed through with a 67 (-4).
The events of the weekend led to an unforgettable Sunday for the rookie and new title winner. He beat 131 of his opponents, who consist of past winners, projected winners, and even the grandson of Arnold Palmer. Luckily for Bryan, the win of this TOUR has left him $1.17 million richer, with some exciting career advances coming his way.
A few facts about Wesley Bryan:
- He’s famous for his trick shots on YouTube with his brother
- His father once participated in the tour as well
- Bryan is the 11th player in their 20’s to win this year
- He is the first South Carolina native to win the RBC Heritage
- He may now be a contender for Rookie of the Year as well as a possibility of the FedExCup (moving up from 59 to 14 in the standings)
- Wesley has only played 33 events in his career
- He is only the 7th player to have won this event without competing in the Masters the week before
A few facts about the RBC Heritage event:
- It is presented by Boeing
- By supporting the Heritage, you’re also supporting many non-profit organizations in South Carolina and Georgia, donating over $30 million since 1987
- They are working to become one of the first PGA TOUR events to become fully GEO (Golf Environment Organization) certified – powered by 100% renewable energy-sources mains electricity!
- RBC Heritage is broadcasted in 23 languages
- Tito’s Vodka made many appearances!
- Arnold Palmer was the tournament’s first winner in 1969
- Luke Donald has been runner-up 5 times