Sep 20th, 2020
Bryson DeChambeau bullies his way to U.S. Open title
Sparkling final round from American sees him canter to victory
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Bryson told the golf world what he was going to do. He was going to use that incredible strength he built up over the lockdown period to bully Winged Foot into submission. There would be no safe irons off the tee for Muscles Dechambeau he was going to boom it knowing that even if he missed the fairways, he was strong enough to find the greens out of whatever rough the USGA threw at the players.
However, you can’t win the US Open with just pure muscle alone. Winged Foot’s greens were as undulating and lightning-fast drawing comparisons with Augusta which the players will take on in November. DeChambeau was solid around the greens and his putting was top drawer.
The place of play did slow as Bryson seemed to turn to science and his little book as he closed in on the title, however, I think we can allow him this one. The 2020 US Open champion who won the US Amateur championship only five years ago was the only man under par for the event and was also the only man in red figures for the final round.
Matthew Wolff started the final round two ahead of Dechambeau and went to toe to toe with him in distance off the tee. Both players hit the ball an incredible distance but ultimately it was DeChambeau’s accuracy that won the day.
After four holes Wolff’s lead had evaporated and his bogey at the 5th hole handed the advantage to Dechambeau and it would be a lead he would not surrender. The seminal hole was the long par five 9th which both players reduced to a massive drive and a short iron. Both found the green in two but Wolff was the closer of the two with a very makeable eagle opportunity.
Bryson however, was not in the mood to release his slender lead and rolled in his eagle putt from a distance. Wolff to his credit matched Dechambeau holing his eagle putt but it was a turning point and the momentum seemed to swing the way of the world number nine.
As the players entered the back nine Wolff tee shots began to let him down and at the same time, Dechambeau went from strength to strength. Even when he missed the fairway, Dechambeau found himself with a short enough shot to reach the green and as Wolff faltered he continued to find pars.
By the time the two players reached the 16th tee Dechambeau was an almost unassailable four shots clear and when Wolff doubled bogeyed the hole it was game over. Dechambeau parred the last three holes for a round of 67 and a six-under-par finishing total.
The rest of the field was never really in with a chance and apart from a couple of glimmers of hope for Louis Oosthuizen and Xander Schauflee, both swiftly extinguished, no one took a run at the top two.
Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open was over before it even began following a sloppy double-bogey at the opening hole. As has been the case in previous majors, a poor start seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the man from Northern Ireland. He needs to find a way to score ugly.
Mcilroy closed with a five-over-par 75 to finish on six over in a tie for eighth. Louis Oosthuizen finished alone in third on two over par a shot clear of the luckless Harris English who recovered well after the blow of losing a ball in the thick rough on the first hole.
However, the day belonged to the ‘Scientist’ that is Bryson DeChambeau. God knows what it is he has written down in those books of his but he has undoubtedly just turned golf on its head!
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