Historic Victory: Amateur Nick Dunlap Secures PGA Tour Win at The American Express
Nick Dunlap, a 20-year-old amateur, won The American Express, becoming the first amateur PGA Tour winner in 33 years. Dunlap, a University of Alabama sophomore and reigning U.S. Amateur champion, defeated Christiaan Bezuidenhout by one stroke with a 6-foot par putt on the final hole.
Stellar Performance and Scoring Record
Nick Dunlap‘s victory marks a significant milestone, breaking a 33-year streak since an amateur last claimed a PGA Tour win. The young golfer’s achievement surpasses age records, making him the youngest winner in the history of The American Express and the most youthful amateur to clinch a PGA Tour victory since 1910.
Despite playing in only his fourth tour event, Dunlap’s outstanding performance included a sizzling 60 in the third round, propelling him to a three-shot lead. Although he faced challenges on the front nine during the final round, Dunlap’s resilience shone through as he secured a 2-under 70, breaking the tournament scoring record with a 29-under 259 for the 72-hole event.
While amateurs typically don’t receive FedEx Cup points, Dunlap’s rewards extend beyond the traditional accolades. His victory grants him entry into prestigious tournaments like the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open. Whether he decides to remain at the University of Alabama or turn professional, Dunlap’s future in golf looks promising.
A Weekend of Triumphs Across Tours
Runner-up Christiaan Bezuidenhout put up a commendable performance, closing with a 65. Despite falling short of victory, Bezuidenhout’s skills were displayed throughout the tournament.
The weekend also witnessed Lydia Ko’s victory at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on the LPGA Tour and Rory McIlroy’s record-fourth win at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour. Steven Alker won the PGA Tour Champions’ season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.