The 2024 American Express Recap

La Quinta, CA – Nick Dunlap has won the 2024 American Express golf tournament.  With this win, he becomes the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since 1991.  The first-place finish also means he’s secured a PGA Tour exemption for the next two years and guaranteed entries into The Masters, The PGA Tournament, The Players, and The Sentry Tournament of Champions.

After nearly carding a 59 on Saturday, Dunlap seemed to be firing on all cylinders heading into the final round.  With that said, it ultimately came down to the final hole where he had a putt he needed to make to win, or else get into a playoff Christiaan Bezuidenhout.  Dunlap would end up sinking the putt though, dashing Bezuidenhout’s chances at his first PGA Tour win. 

Ultimately Dunlap carded a score of 29-under par to win by one.  This win puts the University of Alabama sophomore in rarified air.  He is now just the eighth amateur to win a PGA Tour event which puts him in the same group with people like Phil Mickelson, Doug Sanders, and Gene Littler. 

Because Dunlap is an amateur, he won’t earn the $1.5 million or any FedEx Cup points for this first-place finish.  However, he earns his PGA Tour card through the 2026 season and can claim that card at any point during the 2024 season.  With this, there’s already a great amount of speculation on whether or not he’ll decide to turn pro.  The first-place money will go to second place, meaning the solo second-place finisher Bezuidenhout will take that home.  

This was no college event though, as Dunlap had some of the best players in the world to contend with including Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, and Kevin Yu who all finished in a tie for third place at 27-under par.  Sam Burns had been winning the event for most of the day until an errant tee shot found the water on the 17th hole, leading to a double bogey that cost him the tournament.  He would ultimately finish in a tie for sixth with a score of 25-under par.  

The California series of tournaments continues next week with the Farmers Insurance Open.  It remains to be seen if Dunalp will turn professional and make his first appearance as a PGA Tour member there.  If he does, he’ll have to contend with Max Homa, who won his sixth PGA Tour title there last year.  This year, Homa will undoubtedly be hoping to defend his title against confirmed players in the field like Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, and Collin Morikawa.

 

Nick Dunlap’s What’s In The Bag:

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9°) / Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 60 TX

3 Wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5°) / Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 85 TX

3 Iron: Srixon ZX (3) / Project X HZRDUS Black 105 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-9) / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (48°), TaylorMade MG4 (52°, 56°, 60°) / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7 Tank

Ball: Titleist ProV1

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