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Wesley Bryan © Gallo Images

Bryan beats Donald for Heritage title



Augusta resident Wesley Bryan watched last week’s Masters from outside the ropes, but he will be playing there next year after winning the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday.

Bryan, the top player on the secondary Web.com Tour last year, showed that he belongs on the big stage when he carded a closing four-under 67 to earn his first victory on the PGA Tour, one stroke ahead of Englishman Luke Donald.

Bryan finished at 13-under-par 271 on the Harbour Town course on Hilton Head Island to become the first South Carolina-born player to win the event since it began in 1969, when Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event.

Among the rewards is an invitation to next year’s Masters, which he did not qualify for this year.

“Coming into the year I wanted to win before Augusta,” Bryan told the CBS telecast. “I wanted to tee it up there but I guess the week after Augusta is not too bad. I'm going to remember this for a long time.”

Bryan was part of the gallery for the first round of the Masters, which was played in howling winds at Augusta National.

“I went out and watched my buddy Russell Henley for a bit,” Bryan, 27, said. “I wanted to see how it played in those conditions. I soaked it up, the fan experience.

“Next time I’ll be inside the ropes. I get to sleep in my own bed and tee it up.”

Bryan remained calm on Sunday except for one brief moment on the 17th tee when he suddenly realised victory was within his grasp.

“I threw up a little bit in my mouth (and thought) 'I guess this is what nervous feels like' but then I was able to get it back together,” he said.

“I feel like I was missing greens and scrambling the last two or three days and still was able to muster up a good score out of it.”

“I got a little bit lucky. The leaders kind of stalled out and I was able to make a couple (of birdies) on the back nine and catch them.”

Former world No 1 Donald, meanwhile, had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish on a course that suits his precision game.

Third round leader Jason Dufner faded with a 76 to tie for 11th, five strokes off the pace.

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FINAL SCORES

-13 Wesley Bryan (U.S.) 69 67 68 67

-12 Luke Donald (Britain) 65 67 72 68

-11 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S.) 68 68 69 68, Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) 70 66 70 67, William McGirt (U.S.) 68 68 68 69

-10 Brian Gay (U.S.) 68 70 69 67, J.J. Spaun (U.S.) 67 72 66 69, Graham DeLaet (Canada) 65 67 69 73

-9 Brian Harman (U.S.) 71 70 66 68, Bud Cauley (U.S.) 63 72 71 69

-8 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 68 73 67 68, Ian Poulter (Britain) 66 68 69 73, Jason Dufner (U.S.) 68 67 65 76, Webb Simpson (U.S.) 66 68 68 74, Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 69 68 71 68, Branden Grace (South Africa) 68 71 69 68, Russell Knox (Britain) 70 66 72 68, Sam Saunders (U.S.) 65 70 74 67, Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 69 69 70 68, Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 72 64 66 74, Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 71 73 64

-7 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 69 71 66 71, Adam Hadwin (Canada) 71 66 71 69, Francesco Molinari (Italy) 67 71 70 69, Nick Taylor (Canada) 69 66 70 72

-6 Blayne Barber (U.S.) 71 68 69 70, Russell Henley (U.S.) 66 73 71 68, Rod Pampling (Australia) 69 72 69 68

-5 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 72 68 69 70, Cameron Smith (Australia) 67 70 71 71, Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 69 68 68 74

-4 Patton Kizzire (U.S.) 72 66 70 72, Zachary Blair (U.S.) 70 70 70 70, Martin Kaymer (Germany) 68 69 74 69, Lucas Glover (U.S.) 72 68 71 69, Chad Campbell (U.S.) 69 69 69 73, Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 72 67 70 71, Rafael Campos (Puerto Rico) 68 70 70 72

-3 Johnson Wagner (U.S.) 70 69 70 72, Danny Lee (New Zealand) 66 72 73 70, Kevin Na (U.S.) 70 69 73 69, Jason Bohn (U.S.) 67 72 70 72, Hideto Tanihara (Japan) 67 70 72 72

-2 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 69 70 72 71, Bryce Molder (U.S.) 73 67 70 72, Alex Cejka (Germany) 71 66 73 72, Peter Malnati (U.S.) 71 69 67 75, Pan Cheng Tsung (Chinese Taipei) 71 69 73 69, Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 75 66 68 73, Marc Leishman (Australia) 68 69 74 71, Anirban Lahiri (India) 67 70 75 70, Shane Lowry (Ireland) 66 75 69 72, Fabian Gomez (Argentina) 74 67 70 71, Mark Anderson (U.S.) 69 70 72 71, Boo Weekley (U.S.) 72 69 69 72

-1 Brian Stuard (U.S.) 69 71 71 72, Tyrone Van Aswegen (South Africa) 70 70 69 74, Charles Howell III (U.S.) 70 70 71 72

0 Grayson Murray (U.S.) 67 73 71 73, Kyle Stanley (U.S.) 71 70 71 72, Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 73 66 70 75, David Hearn (Canada) 70 70 69 75, Harold Varner III (U.S.) 67 72 70 75

1 Ryan Blaum (U.S.) 71 69 70 75, Martin Laird (Britain) 69 70 71 75, Vaughn Taylor (U.S.) 71 70 73 71, Andrew Johnston (Britain) 68 71 70 76, K.J. Choi (Korea) 69 71 70 75

2 Yuta Ikeda (Japan) 70 71 72 73

3 Steve Marino (U.S.) 69 71 72 75, Pat Perez (U.S.) 68 67 81 71, Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 74 72 75, Trey Mullinax (U.S.) 73 68 73 73

7 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 70 71 74 76



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