Wesley Bryan redefined “speed golf” on Sunday at the BMW Championship, playing his final round in less than 90 minutes.
Listen – we get it. Watching golf on TV, especially as a big tournament finishes, can feel…well, slow. Really, really slow sometimes. But even as some players struggle to get around in five hours, Wesley Bryan showed that pros can switch into another gear, finishing his final round at the BMW Championship in record time.
Bryan began the final round at Conway Farms on Sunday at six-over par, last in the field of 69 players remaining. Danny Lee’s withdrawal during the first round meant that Bryan would tee off alone. With nothing to lose, and perhaps with an early flight to catch, he decided to keep the pedal to the metal all day.
Bryan jogged up fairways, and tended his own pin several times. He often putted with a wedge, instead of wasting precious seconds getting his flat stick, laying three paces behind him. When needed, he and his caddie had some fantastic club exchanges, too.
The best part, as you see in that caption? He didn’t even play badly! Bryan hadn’t broken par all week, posting rounds of 76, 71 and 72 leading into the finale. If you didn’t know any better, you might think that this whole “play faster” thing might just catch on.
We have yet to hear how Kevin Na feels. Once the poster boy for slow play on TOUR, Na played as a single in last year’s TOUR Championship final round. He got around East Lake in just a hair under two hours. After the round (even-par 70), Na thought his “record” would be safe for some time.
"I’ll tell you what – nobody’s going to break that record shooting even par or better,” said Na, who finished the tournament at 13 over. “If you go ahead and quick-hit it, yeah, you’ll break it.”“To birdie the last four holes, that’s pretty cool.”"
Well, he almost made it a year, so there’s that.
Bryan’s season is over, as he opened the week at 37th in the FedEx Cup rankings, and dropped to a projected 41st with his 69th-place finish. Still, he enjoyed a fantastic year that included his first career win at the RBC Heritage.
We’ll look for more fun – and great golf – from Bryan in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season.
Will Bryan’s new “record” ever be broken on the PGA TOUR?