A 20-year-old US college scholar has turn into the primary beginner to win a PGA Tour occasion in 33 years – however the golfer will not pocket a penny of his seven-figure prize cash.
Nick Dunlap claimed The American Categorical title in La Quinta, California, the place he’d introduced his homework to finish between rounds.
He’s the youngest beginner winner on the PGA Tour since 1910 and the primary since three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson in 1991.
Dunlap made a 6ft par putt on the ultimate gap on Sunday, holding on for a one-shot victory over South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
The American completed 29-under 259 and broke the match scoring file as a 72-hole occasion.
Dunlap celebrated his triumph along with his household, however he is not eligible for the winner’s prize of $1.5m (£1.2m) due to his beginner standing.
He might flip skilled immediately, however he does not but know his subsequent step.
“I don’t know, I actually do not,” the second-year College of Alabama scholar mentioned about his future. “It is actually cool to have that chance within the first place.
“Beginning the week, for those who would have mentioned, ‘hey, in 5 days you are going to have a PGA Tour card…’ I’d have checked out you sideways.
“However that is one thing that it does not simply have an effect on me. It impacts lots of people – coach again there, and my teammates – and it is a dialog I must have with lots of people earlier than I make that call.”
The primary-place prize cash went to runner-up Bezuidenhout, who praised Dunlap as a “hell of a participant”.
Dunlap additionally turned solely the second golfer ever to win each the US Beginner and US Junior Beginner championships along with his win within the former final yr.
He was the one beginner out of 156 gamers ultimately week’s match and he admitted it was the “most nervous” he is ever been “by far”.
“Simply tried to breathe, but additionally lookup and revel in it just a little bit,” he added.
“I in all probability had a thousand completely different situations in my head of how immediately was going to go, and it went nothing like I anticipated. I feel that was the cool half about it. That is golf.”
He was already planning on taking part in at Torrey Pines golf course over the subsequent week on a sponsor exemption, however he admitted he might must sacrifice his homework within the course of.
“In all probability will not do it, although,” he mentioned with a smile.