Dutch Fork High alum Wesley Bryan wins first PGA Tour title
IRMO- Dutch Fork High School alumnus Wesley Bryan fired a final round 4-under 67 and rallied from a four shot deficit to win the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. It marks Bryan’s first win on the PGA Tour and he became the first South Carolina native to win the RBC Heritage. The win earned him $1.1 million and will keep him on the PGA Tour through 2019. It also earned him a spot in the 2018 Masters Tournament in Augusta, G.A.
“I’m going to remember this one for a long time,” Bryan told CBS after his win. “I didn’t even feel like I was hitting that many greens, and honestly felt like I was scrambling the last two or three days and still was able to muster up a good score out of it and just looking at the board and knowing all I needed was a two-putt on the last hole was pretty special.”
It has been an incredible run of golf in the past year for Bryan, who earned his PGA Tour card after winning three tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2016. In just 18 career starts on the PGA Tour, Bryan already has five Top 10 finishes and has made the cut in all but five of those starts. With his win Sunday, Bryan now ranks 14th in the FedEx Cup Standings.
“This is an unbelievable experience to win my first PGA Tour event in front of the home crowd and on Easter,” Bryan said. “The number one goal coming into this season was to get to the Tour Championship in Atlanta and honestly we’re halfway there since the Top 30 make it. Hopefully I will keep playing well to give myself that opportunity in September.”
Bryan had a spectacular career on the golf course while at Dutch Fork High School. He earned six varsity letters under head coach Mark Giles and won the Class AAAA individual boys state championship in 2007 and 2008. Bryan also helped lead the Silver Foxes to a team state title in 2008. “Wesley is the type of kid who could get through that kind of pressure to win,” Giles said. “You could see that ability in him from a very early age. There are a lot of guys that hold the lead until that final day, but it takes a special athlete to be able to close it out. I am so proud of Wesley!”