Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman wins ACC title with record book weekend

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Jacob Bridgeman won the title with record style.

Bridgeman won the ACC Golf Championship with a birdie on the second playoff hole Saturday at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course in Panama City, Florida. His rounds of 69-66-68 set Clemson’s career mark for rounds in the ’60s with 49 and was only one of the lowest the Tigers had ever recorded in the tournament.

The Inman (Chapman High) senior is the first Clemson player to win the ACC title since David May was co-champion in 2009. Bridgeman’s 13-under 203 was just short of Doc’s 14-under Redman in 2018.

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Bridgeman also tied Clemson’s career record for wins with five as he joined Chris Patton (1986-90) and DJ Trahan (1999-2003), who played at Dorman High. Bridgeman’s career stroke average of 70.73 is behind only Redman’s 70.70.

Final round 68 included three birdies and an eagle, which was the 15th of his career and tied for second most in Clemson history.

“My putter made the difference,” Bridgeman said in a Clemson press release. “…I only had 23 putts today, only 10 of them on the back nine. That was huge.

“Jacob has been brilliant all spring and this week has been no different,” Clemson coach Jordan Byrd said. “He has a full game and he used it all this week to win. At times he did well and made his share of birdies. And at others, the short game and putting have managed to keep him in the game.

“…He’s also become a very good putter. He’s got an all-around game that can win in any condition or environment.”

Todd Shanesy covers Clemson Athletics for the USA TODAY Network.

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