Nick Dunlap swinging a golf club during a match

UA Student-Athlete Earns Historic Win on PGA Tour

UA sophomore Nick Dunlap won The American Express on Sunday becoming the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event in more than three decades.

Dunlap, a native of Huntsville, is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. As The American Express champion, he earned PGA Tour membership through the 2026 season, as well as exemptions into all 2024 Signature Events, including the Masters and PGA Championship.

“This is like nothing I’ve ever felt,” said Dunlap. “It’s so cool to just be out here and experience this as an amateur. Whether I made or missed that last putt, if you told me Wednesday night that come (Sunday) I’d have a putt to win this golf tournament — it’s just unbelievable.”

At 20 years, 29 days, Dunlap became the youngest amateur to win on the PGA Tour since Chick Evans at the 1910 Western Open. He is the first reigning U.S. Amateur champion to win on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods in 1996. 

Dunlap finished the fall season with the Crimson Tide ranked as the No. 1 collegiate golfer. 

Story update: Nick Dunlap chose to forego his remaining college eligibility and immediately join the PGA Tour on Jan. 25, 2024.