The wait is over for Bryson Nimmer.
After several near misses, the Clemson senior and Bluffton native claimed his first collegiate victory Sunday, firing a 7-under-par 65 in the final round to earn a one-shot win over Alabama’s Davis Riley at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga.
Nimmer began the day six shots off the lead but erased that deficit by making six birdies on the front nine. He added two more birdies on the back along with his only bogey of the round, then waited in the clubhouse to see if anyone could catch him.
“It was an awesome feeling to win this tournament,” Nimmer told Clemson’s athletics website. “I had come close before. I think because I finished so much earlier than the other guys it took some of the pressure off.”
The win has been a long time coming for Nimmer, who is one of the nation’s top amateur and collegiate players. He’s a three-time first-team All-ACC pick and two-time All-American, and he led entering the final round of last year’s NCAA National Championships before finishing seventh.
“I thought Bryson had a chance to win this tournament because the rough was high and you had to drive it straight, and that is something Bryson does very well,” Clemson coach Larry Penley told the website. “When Bryson is putting well he can compete with anyone in the country. He is getting more and more confidence. The best is yet to come.”
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