Bryan earns second title of 2016 at El Bosque Mexico Championship
University of South Carolina alum moves one win away from automatic promotion to TOUR
April 24, 2016
By Royce Thompson, PGATOUR.COM
- April 24, 2016
- Wesley Bryan fired a course record-tying 63 in the second round at El Bosque CC, en route to victory. (Joel Martinez/Contributed Photo)
LEON, GTO, Mexico – Wesley Bryan takes over the No. 1 spot on the Web.com Tour money list with his victory at the El Bosque Mexico Championship presented by INNOVA. Bryan fired a final-round 67, good for a four-stroke victory over Richy Werenski (66) and 54-hole leader Brad Fritsch (73). Bryan’s 19-under-par 269 total was just two shy of the tournament record set by Jarrod Lyle in 2008.
“God, it feels amazing,” said Bryan, who picked up a check worth $117,000 to lock up his PGA TOUR card. “To wrap it up this early in the season is incredible.”
“I know there’s still work to be done,” Bryan continued. “I know another win gets me straight out there. I'm going to put my head down starting next week and get back to work.”
Bryan ended Saturday’s round with eight straight pars. After signing his card, the 26-year-old from Columbia, South Carolina, was visibly frustrated despite being just two back heading into the final round.
“Yesterday I didn’t hit it well,” said Bryan, who carded a third-round 71 to stay within striking distance of Fritsch. “Today I was firing on all cylinders.”
The turning point in the final round came at the par-3 seventh hole.
Standing on the tee tied with Fritsch at 16-under, Bryan knocked an 8-iron to about 15 feet and made the putt for birdie. Fritsch hit his ball in the water and settled for a double-bogey. After the dust settled, the Augusta, Georgia resident was in solo first, three shots ahead of Fritsch.
“That was one of the better shots I hit today,” said the former South Carolina Gamecock. “When Brad hit it into the water I knew that the door was open. There were a couple of turning points but that was definitely one of them.”
The final change in momentum came at the par-4 16th, where Bryan made birdie to go up by four.
“I hit the best tee shot of the week there,” said Bryan about his 330-yard drive over a bunker. “I knew that I could breathe a little easier there.”
Bryan is now No. 1 on the money list. If he finishes the regular season there, he will be fully exempt on TOUR for the 2016-17 season. There is still a chance to get on TOUR early by earning a three-win promotion with another triumph this year.
“The goal to start the year was top 25; everything after that is gravy,” said Bryan. “I know that I have to get back to work. There is still a lot to accomplish.”
* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy, scattered storms, High: 78, Low: 54, Winds: S/SW 7-15 with gusts of 20 mph.
* Wesley Bryan takes over the top spot on the money list with his victory on Sunday ($260,820).
* Bryan’s win comes at age 26 years, 29 days.
* Bryan picked up his second victory in his sixth start on Tour.
* Down the stretch, Bryan went birdie-bogey-birdie to close out the tournament.
* Sunday’s win marked Bryan’s second come-from-behind victory this season. He trailed by one entering the final round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER and carded a 3-under 68 to earn his maiden win on Tour.
* Bryan becomes the first rookie with two Tour victories since Patton Kizzire (2015 – Utah Championship, News Sentinel Open).
* Bryan becomes the first player to earn multiple Tour trophies this season.
* Bryan tied Michael Putnam (2013) for the largest margin of victory in tournament history (four shots).
* Here’s a look at Bryan’s year to date:
Panama Claro Championship – T7
Club Colombia Championship – CUT
Chitimacha Louisiana Open – 1
Brasil Champions – T35
Servientrega Championship – T6
El Bosque Mexico Championship – 1
* On Friday, Bryan fired a bogey-free 63 and tied the course/tournament record.
(Casey Wittenberg (2011) – El Bosque CC; Jarrod Lyle (2008) – Tres Marias GC)
* Bryan is the second player in Tour history to make the El Bosque Mexico Championship his second win of the season (Carlos Ortiz (2014) – Panama Claro Championship, El Bosque Mexico Championship, WinCo Foods Portland Open).
* With two victories in the first six events of the season, Bryan has a chance to become the 11th player in Tour history to earn a three-win promotion to the PGA TOUR. The last player to accomplish this was Carlos Ortiz on August 24, 2014 (Panama Claro Championship, El Bosque Mexico Championship, WinCo Foods Portland Open).
* This week marked the first time Bryan has played a tournament in the country of Mexico.
* Brad Fritsch moves up to No. 2 on the money list with his T2 performance in Mexico.
* Sebastian Vazquez was the low Mexican player in the field with a T5. He was not qualified for next week’s United Leasing & Finance Championship before his top-25 performance.
* Bogey Free Rounds:
R1 – Brian Campbell (65), B.J. Staten (68).
R2 – Wesley Bryan (63), Brad Fritsch (65).
R3 – Anders Albertson (67), Matt Harmon (68), Kevin Tway (69).
R4 – Roger Sloan (66), Brandon Hagy (67), Diego Velasquez (70).
* Scoring Averages for the week:
Front (36) Back (36) Total (72) R1 36.591 36.084 72.675 R2 36.033 35.520 71.553 R3 35.764 35.960 71.124 R4 35.855 36.354 72.209 Total 36.136 35.902 72.038