By Ryan Knuppel
Wesley Bryan played golf in his home state of South Carolina this weekend and ended up leaving with his first PGA Tour win as he took home the crown for the 2017 RBC Heritage Champion. Bryan was four shots behind the leader, Jason Dufner, to start off Sunday but made an immediate impact and put himself in contention for the top spot after shooting four consecutive birdies on the front 9 on Sunday afternoon.
Bryan took the front-runners spot at the 15th hole, where he shot a birdie and never looked back. Bryan finished at 13 under par for the week and is the 2017 RBC Heritage Champion.
To recap the week’s events, we had a different leader each day of the tournament and several times each day. For those who play Daily Fantasy Sports, this tournament left your heart racing as there were times that you had a golfer in the first place and your estimated winning’s were fairly high and then when you checked again, I’m pretty certain you weren’t as happy as the money was much lower.
At the end of the first day, the leader was Bud Cauley, who shot a -8 on the first 18 holes. Cauley had a bogey-free round and scored on the strength of 8 birdies. There was a three-way tie for 2nd place with Sam Saunders, Luke Donald and Graham DeLaet all shooting 6 under par.
Moving into day 2, Cauley shot a 1 over in round 2, which moved him down to 5th place. Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald both shot a -4 under to take over the lead after day 2. Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson both shot a -3, which was good enough for 3rd place. Kevin Kisner was one of the biggest movers on day 2 shooting a -7 under to move him up to 10th place.
The cut line ended up at -1 and some major golfers missed the cut, which I’m sure affected a ton of DFS players. Bill Haas was the biggest name to miss the cut. Haas just couldn’t get good rolls, shooting 5 over the cut line. Jim Furyk shot an even-par, which made him miss the cut. 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett shot a +7 and missed the cut. Both Hoffman’s, Charley and Morgan, shot a +4 and missed the cut as well. At the end of day 2, 75 golfers had made the cut (Top 70 plus ties) and the leaders, Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald, both had a -10.
On Day 3, Pat Perez had one of the worst performances I’ve ever witnessed on the course. He was in the top 5 heading into day 3 and ended the day 10 over and in 74th place! That is not a mistake, not a typo and not an April Fool’s Joke. Perez shot 10 over and just could not do anything on Saturday. Jason Dufner took over the top spot shooting -6 on Saturday and was up one stroke on Graham DeLaet and two strokes over Webb Simpson and Kevin Kisner.
Day 4 left us with many changes in the top 10. Luke Donald ended up going from first place down to 8th place, and ended in 2nd place at the end of the day. Ollie Schniederjans, Patrick Cantlay and William McGirt all tied for 3rd place.
This tournament was the 4th tournament win for Bryan, but his first on the PGA Tour. His three previous wins all came on the Web.com Tour at the Digital Ally Open, El Bosque Mexico Championship and Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Bryan’s previous highest finish in a PGA event was at the Honda Classic this year, where he finished T4.