Columbus North graduate Tyler Duncan birdied the second playoff hole on Sunday (Nov. 24) to claim the championship of The RSM Classic at Sea Island, Ga.
The triumph was Duncan’s first title on the PGA Tour. The 2008 Columbus North graduate now is in his third season on the top tour after previously competing on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and the Web.com Korn Ferry Tour.
His previous best PGA Tour finishes were a tie for fifth in the 2018 Safeway Open and a tie for fifth in the 209 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
Duncan, 30, was the 2007 Indiana high school state champion as a junior at Columbus North, and he was a three-time all-state selection by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association. Duncan later was a standout player at Purdue, and he won the 2011 Indiana Amateur championship.
In The RSM Classic, Duncan shot a 67-61-70-65 to total a 19-under-par 263 over four rounds. That score shared the lead with Webb Simpson, and both players posted a par 4 on No. 18 again for the first extra hole. Duncan then birdied No. 18, which was played again as the second extra hole, to claim the event crown. He birdied three of the last four holes in regulation play, making an estimated 30-foot putt on No. 18, to earn a spot in the playoff.
“I’m sure I don’t even know half the stuff that is going to come my way from this,” Duncan said after his victory, noting his last victory in a four-round event was the 2011 Indiana Amateur. “I’m looking forward to everything, embracing all of it.”
Duncan said “one of the best 4 irons (he) ever hit” led to the birdie on No. 17. He added his long putt on No. 18 resulted in emotion that he never had felt before.
“I don’t know how it was after I made the putt to win the playoff,” he said. “Both of them were pretty incredible feelings.”
Regarding the victory, he added, “It hasn’t sunk in. It sounds amazing thinking about it, but I don’t think it’s completely sunk in yet. I can sit here and think about everything that’s going to be coming – the Players’ Championship, the Masters, two more seasons exempt on tour. All those things are just unbelievable, and I don’t think I could honestly process all that right now. But thinking about it, it’s pretty awesome.”
PHOTO: Tyler Duncan poses with the championship trophy after winning The RSM Classic on the PGA Tour on Nov. 24, 2019.