June 18, 2024
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Nick Dunlop has edged South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout to win the American Express.

Success at the PGA Tour has made Dunlop the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson in 1991.

The 20-year-old holed a six-foot par putt on the last to clinch The American Express title by one shot from South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Due to competition and labour regulations in the United States, the American will not receive any prize money, with the $1.5m (£1.2m) winner’s cheque going to Bezuidenhout.

“It’s so cool to be experiencing this as an amateur,” said Dunlap.

“Whether I made or missed that, if you had told me come Wednesday night that I had a putt to win this tournament, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

His performance drew praise from Phil Mickelson, who posted on X: “Such an impressive performance by Nick Dunlap. Congratulations on an incredible win.”

Dunlap now has a two-year exemption on the circuit as well as entry to the Masters, the US PGA Championship and The Players Championship.

In 2023, Dunlop became only the second player to win both the US Junior Amateur and US Amateur titles.

Tiger Woods is the only other golfer in history to have managed the feat.

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