DeChambeau clinches Tour card with win


Bryson DeChambeau is officially headed to the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season.

DeChambeau emerged from a four-man playoff to win the DAP Championship, the first event of the Tour Finals. The $180,000 check he got for the win ensures that DeChambeau will receive one of the 25 cards up for grabs across the four-tournament series.

DeChambeau began the final round at Canterbury Golf Club with a one-shot lead, but a bogey on the 71st hole dropped him back into a tie for the lead. He closed with a par for a 1-over 71, then birdied the first hole to advance in the playoff when Julian Etulain and Nicholas Lindheim were eliminated.

DeChambeau then rolled in a 4-foot putt on the second extra hole to eliminate Andres Gonzales and secure his first win since turning pro in April.

DeChambeau dazzled in his pro debut five months ago, finishing T-4 at the RBC Heritage. While the non-member FedEx Cup points from that result earned him a spot in the Tour Finals, he didn't do much in his subsequent starts, with his T-15 finish at the U.S. Open serving as his lone top-25 in his last 10 worldwide starts.

But the former NCAA and U.S. Amateur champ is now assured of a promotion to the PGA Tour when the new wraparound season begins next month. He also takes the lead in the Finals money race, as the top earner across the four events will be exempt from the reshuffle next season and will earn a spot in the 2017 Players Championship.

Etulain and Lindheim already had secured their cards based on their finishes on the regular-season money list, while Gonzales will also return to the PGA Tour thanks to his runner-up result.

The Tour Finals shift west for the Albertsons Boise Open next week, followed by stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlantic Beach, Fla.