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Percy 12th as DeChambeau records memorable John Deere victory

DeChambeau ecstatic after holing his final birdie putt (Photo: Getty Images)
Cameron Percy has recorded one of his better finishes of the 2017 PGA Tour season, finishing in a share of 12th place at the John Deere Classic in Silvis in Illinois behind the winner Bryson DeChambeau.

Percy will improve several positions on the FedEx Cup table and now sits in 135th position. With just four more events he is likely to have access to in order to work his way inside the top 125 before the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Victorian still has work to do if he is to regain his playing rights for the PGA Tour in 2018.

Greg Chalmers and Stuart Appleby tied for 25th and were the only other Australians to make the cut.

DeChambeau reeled off a final nine holes of 30 on day four to win his first PGA Tour title and in the process earned himself the final spot available in this coming week’s Open Championship.

DeChambeau had started the final round in 5th position and four shots behind the leader Patrick Rodgers and although he closed within three through nine holes he would unleash a run of six birdies on the way home including those at the final two holes to claim the victory by one over Rodgers.

His putt from 15 feet behind the hole at the last would prove the difference in the end but a remarkable recovery at the par five 17th and a two putt birdie got him into the position to convert at the last.

Rodgers still led with two holes to play but a bogey at the par five 17th and a missed green at the last when chasing the much-needed birdie to force the tie would cost him his chance of the title and a trip to the Open Championship.

“I don’t even know what this means right now,” said and emotional DeChambeau after his win. “I’ve been working so hard my whole life just to do this and to finally have it happen at the John Deere where I started pretty much a couple of years ago is just incredible and I can’t thank the tournament enough for giving me the exemption to this event a couple of years ago.”

“I think it is the true meaning behind what I do,” he added when asked on his different way of doing things. "I show everybody that there are plenty of ways to do it and I like doing it my way and fell comfortable doing it my way.”

Wesley Bryan and Rick Lamb tied for 3rd just one behind Rodgers while the five way tie for 5th included course specialists and previous winners of the event Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson.

Three-time winner of the event, Stricker, defied his age of 50 when he recovered from a slow start to the event with weekend rounds of 65 and 64 to storm into his share of 5th position.

For those not eligible for the Open Championship the PGA Tour will now play the Barbasol Championship in Alabama.





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