Wesley Bryan has very quickly transformed himself from a YouTube trick-shot sensation into a PGA Tour member. That metamorphosis completed on Sunday, when Bryan won the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open in Kansas.
Bryan beat Grayson Murray and J.T. Potson on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to pick up his third win of this Web.com Tour season and earning an instant promotion to the PGA Tour.
Since 1997, the Web.com Tour, the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit, has offered immediate PGA Tour membership to any player upon their third win of the year, no matter when it happens on the schedule. That means Bryan is eligible to compete in the final two regular season events on the PGA Tour schedule: next week’s John Deere Classic and the Wyndham Championship.
In a pair of PGA Tour starts this season, Bryan has made the cut and earned about 50 FedEx Cup points which now count toward the standings with his newly earned membership. However, if Bryan wants to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, he’ll need to basically win the Wyndham Championship to finish inside the top 125 in points.
Even if Bryan doesn’t do that, it’s been an incredible year for the 26-year-old. He managed to play his way through Web.com Tour Q-school last December to earn his spot on the tour for the season. He then won in his third career Web.com Tour start at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, locking up his PGA Tour membership for the 2016-17 season. In April, he added to the spoils by winning the El Bosque Mexico Championship.
On Sunday, Bryan needed four birdies in the final five holes to get to 20 under par and into the playoff. A 5-foot birdie on the par-3 17th, the second playoff hole, cinched Bryan’s third win in 13 starts.
Bryan is the 11th player in the Web.com Tour’s history to earn the Three Win Promotion, becoming the first since Carlos Ortiz in 2014.
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