Gotterup wins first PGA Tour title at Myrtle Beach

Chris Gotterup earned the first American PGA Tour victory of his career at the Myrtle Beach Classic on Sunday, shooting a four-under-par 67 to claim victory by six shots.

The 24-year-old American overcame a tough start with back-to-back bogeys on his first two holes to finish at 22 under, six ahead of Alistair Docherty, who shot a seven-under par 64, and Davis Thompson.

Gotterup led by four shots after Saturday’s third round, but saw that advantage wavered with his bogey-bogey start at Dunes Golf and Beach Club in South Carolina.

He bounced back with a birdie on the third, followed by an eagle three on the par-five fourth, and added another birdie on the fifth.

Four more birdies on the back nine helped the world number 284 to a deserved victory in the tournament, which was held opposite the PGA Tour’s signature elite event at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.

Gotterup said he was never nervous, despite his bumpy two-hole opening.

“To bounce back like I did, it’s just how I roll,” Gotterup said.

“If I’m going to make a bogey, I’ll turn my head straight again, at least try, and then bounce back.”

Gotterup’s first win was made all the more special by the presence of his mother, Kate, in the gallery as the US celebrated Mother’s Day.

“I saved my ass because I ordered some flowers and they didn’t come,” Gotterup said. “So at least I gave her something today.”

Agence France-Presse