February 22, 2024
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Nick Dunlap, a sophomore on the College of Alabama, has an excellent excuse for handing in assignments late this week. 

The Alabama native turned the primary novice golfer to win on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson on the Tucson Open in 1991 when he sunk a 6-foot par putt on the 18th gap Sunday to win The American Specific. 

Nick Dunlap of the USA poses for a photograph with the trophy after successful The American Specific at Pete Dye Stadium Course Jan. 21, 2024, in La Quinta, Calif.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photos)

“Everyone’s acquired doubts,” Dunlap mentioned after the ultimate spherical on the Pete Dye Stadium Course in La Quinta, California. 

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“I most likely had a thousand totally different situations in my head of how right now was going to go, and it went nothing like I anticipated. I believe that was the cool half about it. That’s golf.” 

At 20 years previous, Dunlap completed the day two underneath and only one shot forward of Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

“I hit a whole lot of pictures that I didn’t suppose I used to be going to hit, after which I hit some pictures that went manner higher than I anticipated,” Dunlap mentioned. “And the identical factor with placing. Like I mentioned, I simply suppose that’s the cool a part of golf.” 

Alabama head golf coach Jay Seawell congratulates Nick Dunlap, proper, after Dunlap received The American Specific event at PGA West, Dye Stadium Course Jan. 21, 2024, in La Quinta, Calif.  (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Dunlap’s historic win marked the primary time an novice received a PGA Tour occasion in 33 years, and it was simply the third time it occurred since 1957. 

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A standout at Alabama, Dunlap completed the 2023 season main the Crimson Tide with a median of 67 strokes per spherical. He’s additionally the reigning U.S. novice champion. 

“Sure. In all probability received’t do it although,” Dunlap laughed when requested if he had homework to do after the win. 

The victory Sunday additionally secured Dunlap’s PGA Tour card, giving him the possibility to go professional. Simply days later, Dunlap introduced he can be becoming a member of the tour. 

Nick Dunlap celebrates winning The American Express

Nick Dunlap of the USA reacts after successful The American Specific at Pete Dye Stadium Course Jan. 21, 2024, in La Quinta, Calif. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photos)

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“It was the simplest hardest resolution that I’ve ever needed to make,” Dunlap mentioned at a press convention Thursday. “I used to be very lucky that everybody had the identical opinion about it, and my teammates have been superior and really supportive. It goes again to the household that Alabama has. They have been very supportive and wished me to chase my goals.”

Dunlap will make his skilled debut on the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am Feb. 1. He additionally earned a spot in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open after successful the U.S. Beginner final summer season. 

The Related Press contributed to his report. 

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