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Bryson DeChambeau wins Finals opener, wraps up PGA Tour card

September 11, 2016

It's not the route many envisioned Bryson DeChambeau taking, but the young star will end up where everyone expected: the PGA Tour. DeChambeau won the DAP Championship, the opening event of the Tour Finals, on Sunday to earn his first professional victory and wrap up a tour card for the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

DeChambeau shot a final-round 71 at Canterbury Country Club to get into a four-man playoff. He and Andres Gonzales moved onto a second sudden-death hole with birdies before DeChambeau won with a par on the next hole.

DeChambeau, who won the 2015 U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship, made a splash at this year's Masters, where he finished T-21. The following week, he finished T-4 in his first event as a pro at the RBC Heritage. With that check for $259,600, DeChambeau appeared on his way to earning enough money for his PGA Tour card through sponsor's exemptions, but the rest of the season didn't come so easy. He missed four consecutive cuts after that and only had one more top-30 finish on tour, a T-15 at the U.S. Open.

However, DeChambeau turned things around in his first career start on the Tour. The victory means the 22-year-old will earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards available in the developmental tour's four-event series.

Andrew "Beef" Johnston still has work to do if he wants to grab one of those remaining tour cards. The popular Englishman finished T-28 and will tee it up in the second event of the playoffs next week, the Albertsons Boise Open.