'I'm There! Holy Cow!' - YouTuber George Bryan Gets 'Dream' Myrtle Beach Invite After Agonising Near Miss At The Q

YouTuber George Bryan was inches away from winning a unique qualifying event for the Myrtle Beach Classic, but has now been given an invite into the PGA Tour event anyway

George Bryan takes a shot at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship
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After coming agonisingly close to qualifying for the PGA Tour's Myrtle Beach Classic, YouTube star George Bryan's dream came true after all after being handed an exemption into the event in May.

Bryan suffered late heartbreak at The Q at Myrtle Beach - a unique qualifying event for the new PGA Tour tournament where golf influencers and YouTube stars were given the chance to qualify.

One half of the popular Bryan Brothers YouTube channel, George made a mistake on his final hole to drop into a playoff, which he then lost to Korn Ferry Tour winner Matt Atkins.

However, Bryan's misery turned to delighted after organisers of the Myrtle Beach Classic called him up and offered him a place in the field after all.

"I'm there! Holy cow," said Bryan after receiving the news.

"I'm not going to lie, when you said about a call I hoped that I would get the chance to play in a PGA Tour event.. It's a dream come true."

YouTubers Peter Finch, Grant Horvat and Micah Morris, Barstool Sports’ Dan Rapaport, Nick Stubbe, aka Fat Perez from Bob Does Sports, and Luke Kwon of Good Good Golf all took part in the March qualifying event - but George Bryan was the man to star.

Bryan stood on the 18th tee with a two-shot lead over Atkins, but found the water and then saw his par putt come within inches of dropping - before his opponent knocked in a birdie putt to force a playoff.

From there, the more experienced pro Atkins took victory at the first playoff hole, leaving Bryan devastated after seemingly throwing away his chance of a second PGA Tour start.

However, organisers were obviously suitably impressed enough by his efforts to give Bryan the opportunity to return to PGA Tour action.

Bryan's one appearance on the PGA Tour came in a T69 at the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship after he came through Monday qualifying to book his place. Ahead of his PGA Tour bow alongside brother Wesley, Bryan said: "My main job is filming YouTube videos." 

The Myrtle Beach Classic takes place between 9 and 12 May, the same time as one of the Tour’s signature events, the Wells Fargo Championship.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.