Nick Dunlap becomes 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 claim The American Express title by one shot from South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
Being an amateur, the American will not receive any prize money, with the 1.5 million dollars 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.”
Mickelson, a six-time major winner, posted on X: “Such an impressive performance by Nick Dunlap. Congratulations on an incredible win.”
Dunlap – who had missed the cut in his previous three events on the PGA Tour – now has a two-year exemption on the circuit as well as entry to the Masters, the US PGA Championship and The Players Championship.
“That’s a decision that’s not just about me. It affects a lot of people, and obviously I’m going to try to enjoy this.”