BLUFFTON, S.C. -- University of North Florida golfer Philip Knowles beat Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer on the second playoff hole on Berkeley Hall Club's North Course to win the 2017 Players Amateur championship.
The playoff hole was No. 18. They both parred it the first time around, but Nimmer bogeyed it the second time, and Knowles made his par putt for the win. For the tournament, Knowles posted rounds of 71-69-67-64=271 (-13).
Knowles, a rising junior from Bradenton, Fla., started the final day four shots back and finished the round with seven birdies and no bogeys. With the win, he earned an exemption into the PGA's 2018 RBC Heritage, which he didn't know until his caddy told him.
"You dream of this. I started the day, I don't know how many back, and you dream of going out there and playing one of the best rounds of your career," Knowles said. "I made the putt, I looked at him, and he says you just qualified for your first PGA TOUR event. I have no words. I am excited to come back."
A PING All-Region honoree during his sophomore campaign, Knowles was a first-team All-ASUN selection this season and led the Ospreys with a 71.32 stroke average and 19 rounds under par. His 19 under par rounds set a new single season program record and he also topped the tem with 10 Top 25 finishes including five in the Top 10. Knowles also finished the year listed 81st in the Golfstat Collegiate Golf rankings.
UNF's Philip Knowles Captures Title at The Players Amateur