Bryan, who, after three wins on the Web.Com Tour in 2016 automatically graduated to the PGA Tour where he had already shown glimpses of his capabilities prior to this week, produced a final round of 67 to edge out Donald who recorded his 7th top three finish in his last nine starts at Harbour Town.
An early double bogey in his final round would cost Donald dearly but his record in the event especially having never won at Harbour Town is stunning.
Interestingly Bryan became the first player from South Carolina to win this event which is in his home state. “Honestly I didn't realize that until maybe after my first or second practice round one of the SCGA guys came up to me and said no South Carolina guy has ever won here,” said the winner after his round.
“It's crazy to think that all of the great golfers that have come out of the state not one of them has won here. But to be the first is really, really special. And like I said, to win in my home state, I honestly couldn't have dreamed anything better than this.
“I've said it for a while, that this is one of the best golf courses that we're going to play all year. A lot of the guys rave about it because you have to work the ball both ways off the tee. You have to work the ball both ways going into the green.
“You have to miss it in the right spots around the green to have a chance. And it just -- it's one of the only courses on Tour where you'll see that you have to play every single shot in your bag. I love it. I'm not a super technical guy, so the guy that kind of imagines shots going both ways.
"I work the ball probably a little more than the average guy out here. This is a course when I looked at the schedule starting off that this is one of the places I thought that I had the best chance to contend at. And I guess after all the dust settled my intuition was correct.”
Patrick Cantlay, William McGirt and former world number one amateur Ollie Schniederjans, tied for 3rd.
Rod Pampling finished as the leading Australian after a strong weekend advanced him from the cutline on Friday evening to finish 26th.
Rod Pampling led the Australians
Cameron Smith was 29th and Marc Leishman 44th.
The PGA Tour now moves to San Antonio in Texas for the Valero Texas Open where a lot of Australian interest will be on the professional debut of former world number one amateur Curtis Luck.