A lengthy rain delay pushed back the conclusion of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but for Daniel Berger it was worth the wait. Here's how things ended up in Memphis, where Berger held off several high-profile veterans to earn his first career PGA Tour victory at the age of 23:
What it means: Berger began the day with the lead and was a bit wobbly to start, playing his first 10 holes in even par. But the reigning Rookie of the Year gathered himself and distanced from the field after three birdies on Nos. 12-15, a stretch that gave him a three-shot lead and a relatively easy walk to his first career PGA Tour title after the late runs of Stricker and Mickelson both came up short.
Round of the day: Johnson created a little extra U.S. Open momentum with a closing 7-under 63 that raced him up the standings. Johnson eagled No. 16 and chipped in for birdie on No. 18, closing out a back-nine 29 that gave him his sixth top-12 finish in his last seven starts.
Best of the rest: Shawn Stefani carded bookend rounds of 65 this week in Memphis, the latter of which helped him earn a top-10 finish. Stefani carded six birdies, including five in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 8-14, to earn his best finish in 21 starts this season.
Biggest disappointment: D.A. Points started the final round in a tie for second, but the veteran stumbled out of the gates en route to a 4-over 74. Points bogeyed four of his first 10 holes, didn’t make a birdie until No. 12, and ended up in a tie for 18th, 10 shots behind Berger.
Shot of the day: One day after rinsing his tee shot on the par-3 14th en route to a double bogey, Berger found the putting surface and rolled in a 32-foot birdie putt. He added a 21-footer for birdie on the following hole and never looked back.
Quote of the day: “It's the greatest feeling. You work so hard to get here, and to finally be able to put the trophy up, I can't describe it." - Berger