Bryson DeChambeau won golf’s US Open at Winged Foot last night to record his first major PGA Tour triumph.
The 27-year-old American came into Sunday’s fourth and final round three-under-par, two shots behind overnight leader and US Open rookie Matthew Wolff.
But he used his experience to good effect when it mattered, carding a round of 67 to win the tournament by six shots.
DeChambeau, who spent lockdown working on his power game, was the only man in the field on day four to record an under-par round on what was a difficult course to play on.
He remained at even par for the round over the first eight holes, before holing a 40-yard putt on the night to record his second eagle score at the hole for the weekend.
Having lost the lead at the seventh hole, when he recorded a bogey, Wolff matched his rival’s score on the ninth before faltering in the latter stages.
He scored two bogeys on the opening five holes of the back nine, after DeChambeau had birdied the 11th, to all-but rule himself out of contention.
A double bogey at the 16th for the 21-year-old meant that the trophy would be engraved with the name of the man sometimes referred to as 'The Scientist', for his methodical approach to the game.
The victory is a vindication for DeChambeau’s new approach to the game, having put on 40 pounds during golf’s coronavirus-enforced break in the middle period of this year.
He almost secured his first major victory at the PGA Championship in August, finishing just three shots behind eventual winner Collin Morikawa in a tie for fourth at 10-under-par.
A month earlier, he secured the Rocket Mortgage Classic tournament, beating his US Open challenger Wolff by three shots.
Speaking to Sky Sports after last night’s triumph, DeChambeau said: “Hopefully my way inspires people.
“This is my seventh win on the PGA Tour, my first major, and I couldn’t be more proud. I hope that it does inspire a few people.
“I think I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game. Now, whether you can do it, that’s a whole different situation.
“There are a lot of people that are going to be hitting it far, like Matthew was hitting it plenty far today.
“A couple of putts just didn’t go in for him today and kept the momentum on my side. So he’s definitely got the firepower and the strength to do it. You’ve got to be looking out for him in the future.”News Now - Sport News