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Nick Dunlap: Newbie wins PGA Tour occasion for first time since Phil Mickelson in 1991

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Nick Dunlap held his nerve to develop into the primary novice to win a PGA Tour occasion since Phil Mickelson in 1991.

The 20-year-old holed a six-foot par putt on the final to say The American Categorical title by one shot from South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

It was his fourth PGA Tour occasion after lacking the reduce in his earlier three.

“It is so cool to be experiencing this as an novice,” stated the emotional American after being embraced by his mother and father in California.

“Whether or not I made or missed that, if you happen to had informed me come Wednesday night time that I had a putt to win this event, I would not have believed you.”

Mickelson, a six-time main winner, posted on X: “Such a formidable efficiency by Nick Dunlap. Congratulations on an unimaginable win.”

Dunlap is simply the seventh novice to win a PGA Tour occasion however his inventory is already excessive after final yr emulating Tiger Woods to develop into the second participant to win each the US Junior Newbie and US Newbie titles.

His remaining spherical on the Pete Dye Stadium Course in La Quinta featured a double-bogey six after driving his ball right into a lake on the seventh as he noticed his three-shot in a single day lead evaporate.

However the College of Alabama scholar responded magnificently with three birdies in his subsequent 9 holes as he closed with a two-under 70 to carry off a charging Bezuidenhout.

The South African, who holed a 138-yard wedge shot for an eagle two on the par-four fifteenth, additionally birdied the final in a seven-under 65 to set a clubhouse goal of 28 below.

Dunlap, who had moved to 29 below with a birdie on the sixteenth, admitted he was unaware of Bezuidenhout’s final-hole birdie and when he was standing over his second shot to the final he thought he had a two-shot lead.

His strategy leaked proper and hit a spectator earlier than fortuitously coming to relaxation a few yards off the sting of the inexperienced. And he chipped as much as six toes and nervelessly holed the putt after his caddie informed him “it is inside left, you have made one million of those earlier than”.

As a result of he’s an novice, Dunlap won’t obtain any prize cash, with the $1.5m (£1.18m) winner’s cheque going to Bezuidenhout.

And when requested if the following pure step was to show skilled, he replied: “I do not know. I’ve to take a second to let what simply occurred sink in slightly bit.

“That is a choice that is not nearly me. It impacts lots of people, and clearly I will attempt to take pleasure in this.”


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