For the first time in 49 years, a South Carolina native has won at Harbour Town in Hilton Head.
“This one is as good as it gets,” Bryan told reporters. “It’s the one that I grew up dreaming on the practice green late at night when I was a kid, like this putts to win the Heritage. To get it done here is one of the coolest experiences ever.”
Just a few years ago Bryan was grinding on the mini tours, hoping to earn his way onto the big stage. At that time, he was known more for the trick shot videos he made with his brother George than for his actual golf game.
Bryan won three times on the Web.com Tour last season and earned himself a “battleground promotion” to the PGA Tour. Three top-ten finishes earlier in his rookie season convinced Bryan he was ready to earn his first Tour win.
Maintaining composure under pressure can be tough for any player, but especially for a rookie looking for his first win. Bryan admitted the nerves hit him down the stretch.
“[On] 17, I got up, and I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. And I was like, shoot, I guess this is what nervous feels like,” he said. “I was super nervous, but I didn’t really know it. It’s not like I had my hands shaking or I was getting ahead in my thought process.”
“Coming down the stretch the last four holes I didn’t really miss a shot,” Bryan said. “And it’s really satisfying to know that under the gun I was able to perform.”
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