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by Mike Cullity

Wesley Bryan first made his name with viral trick-shot videos. Now he is a PGA Tour winner.

An Easter victory at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island culminated in the unlikely rise of this 27-year-old South Carolina native, who two years ago was playing mini-tours and gaining YouTube acclaim with his brother and trick-shot partner, George.

Bryan first showed he had serious game by earning his Web.com Tour card for 2016, and he promptly won three times to earn his PGA Tour stripes. He knocked on the door twice in February, posting top-fives at the Genesis Open and Honda Classic, before finishing T7 at the Valspar Championship last month.

With a final-round 67 at Harbour Town Golf Links, Bryan edged Luke Donald, the Englishman who has finished second five times at Harbour Town without winning.

In Morocco, one-time European Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari ended two years of injury frustration and poor form with a victory at the Trophée Hassan II. The 36-year-old Italian, who returned to European Tour Q-School after dismal campaigns in 2015 and ’16, prevailed in a playoff against Paul Dunne, the young Irishman who contended as an amateur at the 2015 Open Championship. With his performance last week, Dunne signaled that his maiden tour title likely is not far off.

And in Hawaii, Cristie Kerr came from behind to win the LPGA’s Lotte Championship. The 39-year-old Floridian, a two-time major winner, singed the field with a 62-66 weekend to notch her 19th LPGA victory. And with her own weekend theatrics (65-64), world No. 1 Lydia Ko finished joint second. Reports of her demise, it seems, were greatly exaggerated.

 

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