Bryan, the top player on the secondary Web.com Tour last year, showed that he belongs on the big stage when he carded a closing 4-under 67 to earn his first victory on the PGA Tour, one stroke ahead of Englishman Luke Donald.
Among the rewards is an invitation to next year’s Masters, which he did not qualify for this year.
“Coming into the year, I wanted to win before
“I went out and watched my buddy Russell Henley for a bit,”
“Next time I’ll be inside the ropes. I get to sleep in my own bed and tee it up.”
“I threw up a little bit in my mouth (and thought) ‘I guess this is what nervous feels like’, but then I was able to get it back together,” he said.
“I feel like I was missing greens and scrambling the last two or three days, and still was able to muster up a good score out of it.
“I got a little bit lucky. The leaders kind of stalled out, and I was able to make a couple (of birdies) on the back nine and catch them.”
Former World No 1 Donald, meanwhile, had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish on a course that suits his precision game.
Third-round leader Jason Dufner faded with a 76 to tie for 11th, five strokes off the pace.
South African Branden Grace made a good defence of the title he won last year, ending tied 11th on 8-under-par after posting a 3-under 68 on Sunday.