Jul 6th, 2020
Bryson DeChambeau takes Rocket Mortgage Classic
It was only a matter of time
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DeChambeau had not covered himself in glory on Saturday with a petulant outburst at a cameraman after playing a poor bunker shot at the 7th hole. According to our Bryson, the players should not be filmed during their most vulnerable moments – aww bless.
"I mean, I understand it's his job to video me, but at the same point, I think we need to start protecting our players out here compared to showing a potential vulnerability and hurting someone's image. I just don't think that's necessarily the right thing to do." DeChambeau told the Golf Channel.
It was a glimpse of the DeChambeau of old but on the final day, he did his talking on the course. Two birdies in the first three holes saw him join Wolf atop the leaderboard and by the time he was hitting his tee shot at the short 11th hole he was three clear of the field.
A slight stumble with a bogie at the long 14th hole where DeChambeau had a visit to the rocks and a rally by Wolf meant the lead was back to one. However, the new world number seven went into overdrive birdieing the last three holes to win comfortably.
"It's a little emotional for me," said DeChambeau, who also sought to deflect the spotlight from him.
"I wanted to show people that if you work hard enough and give your absolute best if you give everything you got, you can achieve amazing things. And that's what I was able to do and what we were able to do as a team. Everyone in the background that makes this all possible."
“I've shown people that there's another way to do it."
American Kevin Kisner, who finished third five back from DeChambeau believes the winner has "changed the entire way the game is played."
England's Danny Willett found some form closing with a 66 to join fellow countryman Tyrrell Hatton Canada's Adam Hadwin and American Ryan Armour on 16 under in a tie for fourth.
DeChambeau put on over 40 lbs in weight over lockdown and now regularly bombs the driver over 350 yards and this win will fuel further the debate about the distance the players are hitting the ball.
In a survey on GolfPunk, 81% of those surveyed believed something should be done about the distance the pros are now hitting the golf ball. 42% believe the solution is to change courses to reward accuracy, 28% that the ball should be changed to reduce the distance it can travel and 11% that the benefits of technology in club design should be restricted.