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2017 Players Amateur final round in Bluffton

The final day of the 2017 Players Amateur began early because of a threat of rain and lightning. They hoped to get done before the storms moved in but it just wasn't to be.

Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer started the day tied for the lead at 10-under-par and on number 11, and the Clemson Tiger's approach is right where it needed to be as he seemingly takes control of the tournament, making the birdie putt to go to 14-under and Mom was trying not to be nervous.

After a 2-and-a-half hour delay for lightning, Philip Knowles from North Florida hits his second shot on 17 to within inches of the flag on his way to a 64.

That forced a playoff and Knowles was in trouble hitting his third shot to the par-4 from the fairway but nearly holes the shot for birdie which assured his par.

Nimmer had to match that with a 15-footer and rolls it in to force a second playoff hole.

This time, Nimmer was in an awkward position for par and the ball just runs past the hole and he had to settle for bogey.

That left it up to Knowles to roll in a 4-footer for par and to win the Players Am title, something most young players aspire to accomplish.

"You dream of this, you know. Started off the day, I don't know how many back, 6 back maybe. You dream about this going out and playing one of the best rounds of your career. I just love this golf course, I played really well the last couple of days. Me and my caddie kept talking, we kept leaving shots out there. Today, we played a clean round, no bogies all day, including two playoff holes, so it's just incredible," said Philip Knowles, 2017 Players Amateur Champion.

The win gets Knowles a spot in next April's RBC Heritage which he didn't find out about until after he had won.

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