Mad Scientist lands first PGA win
A YOUNG golfer nicknamed the Mad Scientist has broken through for his first PGA Tour victory in style.
Bryson DeChambeau, 23, sank a 14-foot birdie putt at the final hole to win the John Deere Classic.
He had six back-nine birdies to card 65 and finish at 18-under-par 266, one stroke ahead of fellow American Patrick Rodgers, who bogeyed the par-five 17th.
DeChambeau, 23, who majored in physics at university, has a revolutionary philosophy about the game.
Utilising his knowledge of physics, all of his irons are the same length, 95.25cm, which is the average length of a seven-iron shaft (his favorite club).
He names all his clubs. His is 60-degree wedge is named "The King" after Arnold Palmer and his six-iron is named "Juniper" after the sixth hole at Augusta National.
DeChambeau said the win justified his scientific approach to the game.
"I think that's the true meaning behind what I try and do," he said.
"I show everybody there's plenty of ways to do it and I like doing it my way and I feel comfortable doing it my way. Whatever way you want to do it out there, you can do it."
His win also includes an invitation to the British Open, which starts on Thursday. "I can't believe it," he said.