Beginner wins on the PGA Tour and is compelled to forfeit $1.5 million prize cash

In instances the place golf solely talks about cash, Nick Dunlap got here to rescue the romanticism of the game. The 20-year-old American, nonetheless an beginner, received the American Specific, the event received final yr by Jon Rahm, to grow to be the primary beginner golfer to win an occasion on the PGA Tour, the world’s most prestigious circuit, since 1991, when Phil Mickelson received the Northern Telecom Open.

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His situation prevented him from having fun with a test of 1.512 million {dollars}, which fell to the second ranked, Christian Bezuindehout, a strong distinction with the one which probably the most well-known left-hander in golf needed to resign 33 years in the past, which was 180,000.

The win of the beginner is put into perspective when you think about that Jon Rahm, the earlier winner, is price 600 million euros after his signing for LIV Golf. Rahm himself congratulated him on X and predicted “an incredible future for this expertise”.

The end result appeared predestined. Sam Burns, one of many 12 American golfers who succumbed final fall in Rome within the Ryder Cup, got here to the straightforward sixteenth gap, the final par 5 of the event, with a stroke forward of Dunlap and never solely didn’t take benefit, however enjoying subsequent to him within the subsequent two outings despatched two balls into the water, hit two double bogeys to complete sixth.

Dunlap, who had visited the water on the seventh gap (a double bogey), and who had seen Burns use three strokes, made par on these two ultimate holes to realize probably the most historic triumph in dwelling reminiscence.

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