BRYSON DECHAMBEAU.

 

PATRICK ROGERS

Third-round leader Patrick Rogers entered Sunday’s final round of the JOHN DEERE CLASSIC  confident that he could close the deal.

Rogers came close (mere feet, as it turned out) to forcing still another playoff to determine a winner on the PGA Tour in 2017. Instead, his first shot on the final hole of regulation sailed wide forcing him to attempt a 50-footer for birdie that would not fall.

That opened the door for 23-year-old Bryson DeChambeau to gain his first PGA Tour victory by capping a four-stroke comeback and carding an 18-under 266 for a slim one-stroke win.

In truth, the chance at victory slipped away from Rogers way before the final hole. DeChambeau birdied four of the final 6 holes while the runner-up had an equal number of bogeys over the same span.

With his first win, DeChambeau, who played his college golf at SMU, also secured a spot in next week’s British Open.