Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open by SIX SHOTS with stunning final round as he bites back at his detractors in style after putting on three stone during lockdown
- Bryson DeChameau won the 2020 US Open with a brilliant final round on Sunday
- The American was ridiculed for his approach to golf but hit back in New York
- He distanced Matt Wolff with the 21-year-old debutant impressing with second
Now that’s what you call having the last laugh. Bryson DeChambeau, the man ridiculed for the dramatic transformation in his body shape and derided for thinking he could bully Winged Foot, is the new US Open Champion.
The 27-year-old American claimed his first major in astonishing style with the only round under par all day, demolishing the most difficult course on the US Open rota and everyone else in the field.
The final victory margin over fellow American Matt Wolff was a handsome six shots following a brilliant 67, as he broke the spirit of the 21-year-old over the back nine. No disgrace in that for Wolff, of course, who put in a fabulous debut showing in America’s national championship. South African Louis Oosthuizen finished third while Rory McIlroy was joint eighth after a disappointing 75.
Bryson DeChambeau is the new US Open champion for 2020 after a stunning final round
The 27-year-old kisses the coveted trophy after winning his first-ever major in his career
The American proved his doubters wrong with a stunning performance in New York on Sunday
‘It’s been a long journey and difficult at times but this makes it all worthwhile,’ said an emotional DeChambeau. ‘It’s been a dream of mine for so long to win this title and I can hardly believe it has come true.’
It would be easy to say DeChambeau muscled his way to victory but trite. The most important club was actually his putter, as he stroked home four putts over 20ft in a wonderful display on arguably the most treacherous greens in the sport. There were any number of exquisite iron shots, while the up and down he made on the 18th hole to seal his victory was worthy of Phil Mickelson. Add in those thunderous tee shots and this was the complete round, one of the finest in US Open history.
When the sport went into lockdown in March, DeChambeau hadn’t a single top 10 to his name in a major. It’s now well-documented how he changed his body shape to swing much harder and render traditional courses obsolete with his power.
The results speak for themselves. A victory in a regular PGA Tour event was followed by a tied-fourth finish in the USPGA Championship last month. Now this wonder show from the Mad Scientist for this mad world. He has challenged the accepted wisdom of his sport and surely sparked a revolution going forward.
He distanced 21-year-old Matt Wolff who was superb on his debut in the tournament
By the time DeChambeau joined Wolff on the first tee, it was quite plain this was going to be a typical final US Open round, with the course on the edge.
The opening hole had wreaked havoc, so how would the leaders fare? Two boomers down the middle followed by two wonderful approach shots. It wasn’t just off the tee where the two pacemakers were playing a different game.
DeChambeau quickly stamped his authority on his younger opponent, turning a two-shot deficit overnight into a one-stroke advantage over the first eight holes.
The par five ninth, the only breather hole on the course, was quite something. Two more great drives from the pair, with DeChambeau hitting his approach to 40ft and rolling in the eagle putt. Wolff’s response was impressive, hitting his short iron to 20ft and rolling in an eagle putt of his own.
It was DeChambeau who kept the hammer down. He went two ahead after a Wolff bogey at the 10th and then holed a 20ft birdie putt at the 11th. The Californian kept on going further and further away as Wolff got more desperate and made mistakes.
DeChameau sought to assert his authority over the 21-year-old by making big strides forward
McIlroy’s 21st major since his last victory came and went with him no nearer to finding the key to unlocking his six-year drought.
The Northern Irishman began the final round six shots off the lead, buoyed by his third round 68. ‘I’m right in it,’ he declared on Saturday night.
On Sky Sports, Paul McGinley pointed out that he would need help from the leaders to have a chance, a valid argument that presumed McIlroy would actually help himself. The hope he could do that lasted not much longer than his opening drive, where he split the fairway.
DeChameau put on three stones ahead of the tournament in an effort to improve his game
Thereafter, it was a nervous horror show with the club that has let him down so often in the past. He had just a wedge but the result left him a nightmare opening putt over one of Winged Foot’s most treacherous slopes. He’d need four in all to complete the hole for a calamitous double bogey.
McIlroy holed gutsy putts on the next two holes for pars, but then came the fourth. Another wedge approach. Another one undercooked. Another bogey. Three strokes gone from two wedge approaches. At the short 7th, McIlroy had another short iron in his hands and again wrote down another bogey. Game over.
Still, a top-eight finish in the major that suits him least was eminently respectable, as he plots his schedule leading up to the one that means most of all to him these days – the Masters in November.
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