Bryson DeChambeau Wins the U.S. Open Golf Championship in Grand Style

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Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY — September 20, 2020

The pressure of the final round of the U.S. Open is said to be immense. Double bogey 6 was a common score among the contenders on the first hole. Reaching the green in 2 was not an assurance of making par as the hole location required golfers to settle their ball into a small area around the hole and then make a six-foot par putt.

Rory McIlroy drove into the middle of the 1st fairway, hit the green with his second shot but caught the steep front slope and rolled down off the green an inch into the fringe. His third shot, a lag putt, never made it to the flat area around the pin and rolled back to the front of the green. Shot four finally made it to a safe spot 7 feet to the right of the pin. However, he missed the short putt for bogey and carded a 4-putt double bogey to start his round.

Rory McIlroy has a rough start to the final round of the U.S. Open. Photo Credit: Chris Keane/USGA

Harris English stood on the first tee even par for the tournament. His drive found the heavy left rough and it is still there, somewhere. With no fans lining the fairway and just course volunteers to search for the ball, the three-minute time limit passed without success. Returning to the tee, English teed off again hitting his third shot. His double bogey left him frustrated at losing a ball and 2 strokes. English recovered well, rolling a bunker shot into the hole for a birdie on #2.

The Leaders Tee Off

With no one on the course making an early move the leaders stepped up to the first tee. Would nerves send the final twosome, Matthew Wolff and Bryson DeChambeau, down the same path? Apparently, young men have a calmer approach to pressure. DeChambeau is 27 and at peak physical condition. Wolff, at age 21, is the defending NCAA champion, he led Oklahoma State to the team championship in 2019 and the tournament was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Only two professional golfers have won the NCAA, the U.S. Amateur, and the U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, Wolff looks to join the elite group today.

Both golfers drove into the fairway, hit the ideal landing spot on the flat portion of the green, and two-putted for par. The first 5 holes on the course have played at 600 over par during the week. Would these young guns cave or power through?

Wolff(L) and DeChambeau(R) mark their golf balls on the first green during the final round of the U. S. Open. Photo Credit: Darren Carroll/USGA

Wolff missed the green to the left on the 247-yard, par 3, third hole. He hit a great shot out of the rough and settled within 12 feet of the hole. Unfortunately, a 2-putt for bogey cost Wolff a stroke. DeChambeau birdied the 4th hole and the tournament was tied at 4 under.

Both players missed the fairway on the 514-yard, par 4, fifth hole. Wolff’s 2nd shot found the greenside bunker short and to the right of the hole. DeChambeau barely rolled on to the front of the green and faced a 90-foot putt for par. Wolff blasted out of the bunker 12 feet from the cup, DeChambeau lagged up to within 6 feet and drained the putt. Wolff two-putted for bogey, dropping out of the tie for the lead.

A Chance to Gain Ground

After the brutal five-hole stretch to begin the front side, holes 6 through 9 have yielded scores of 70 under par to the field. The rest of the course has scored 1,650 over par for the week. Would anyone be able to make a move prior to the back nine closing holes?

Only the leaders could respond. Both players made par on 6 and 7, both bogeyed the 8th. Then on the par 5, ninth hole, both reached the green in two. DeChambeau putting first, sank it for an eagle, an opening nine of 2 under par, and a tournament-leading score of 5 under par. In true match play style, Wolff responded with an eagle of his own, His front nine score of 1 over par 36 left him a stroke behind at 4 under.

The Back Nine

With no other players able to mount a charge, the leaders looked to separate themselves further from the field and settle things between the two of them. A bogey on 10 by Wolff and a birdie on 11 by DeChambeau opened the lead to 3 strokes. Wolff began to see things slipping away with another bogey on the 14th hole as the lead grew to 4 strokes. Matching pars on the 15th meant time was running out for Wolff.

Bryson DeChambeau reacts to his birdie putt on the 11th hole. Photo Credit: Simon Bruty/USGA

DeChambeau -6, Wolff -2

With 3 holes to play, DeChambeau refused to take his foot off the accelerator. He hit the longest drive on the day on 16, while Wolff failed to find the fairway 80 yards back. Wolff’s second, out of the deep rough, came up short of the green. He sailed his 3rd shot to the rough at the back of the green, chipped down towards the hole, and two-putted for a double bogey. DeChambeau on the green in regulation rolled his put to within inches of the hole and tapped in for par and likely his first major championship.

DeChambeau -6, Wolff Even

The only player in the tournament under par has a 6 stroke lead with 2 holes to play. As tough as Winged Foot is, DeChambeau would have to break a limb to give up the lead at this point.

When you have things on a roll, even luck favors you. DeChambeau’s approach to the 17 landed in the deep greenside rough, on a sprinkle head. He was allowed relief, one club length and no closer to the hole, DeChambeau dropped onto the fringe, putted to within 2 feet, and made par to match Wolff’s score on the hole.

The Finish

Walking down the 18th fairway with the camera constantly in his face, DeChambeau took the opportunity to tell his mom and dad he loved them and mention other members of the family.

Wolff’s shot to the 18th green left him with a very makeable birdie putt, DeChambeau muscled a shot out of the deep rough unto the green, but could not climb the hill and watched it roll off the front. His pitch to the back of the green rolled down just short of Wolff’s ball.

DeChambeau’s perfect putt rolled into the center of the cup. Wolff two-putted, to deny himself the opportunity to finish the tournament in red numbers. Bryson DeChambeau is the 2020 U.S. Open Golf Champion.

DeChambeau celebrates his U.S. Open Victory. Photo Credit: Chris Keane/USGA

After signing his scorecard, DeChambeau walked out of the clubhouse and was surprised by a portable big screen monitor with his parents chatting their congratulations to their son. It was then the emotion of the moment caught up to him as the celebration began.

Final Results of the 120th U.S. Open from Winged Foot Golf Club

Position Player To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 Bryson DeChambeau -6 69 68 70 67 274
2 Matthew Wolff E 66 74 65 75 280
3 Louis Oosthuizen 2 67 74 68 73 282
4 Harris English 3 68 70 72 73 283
5 Xander Schauffele 4 68 72 70 74 284
T6 Dustin Johnson 5 73 70 72 70 285
T6 Will Zalatoris 5 70 74 70 71 285
T8 Tony Finau 6 69 73 73 71 286
T8 Justin Thomas 6 65 73 76 72 286
T8 Webb Simpson 6 71 71 71 73 286
T8 Rory McIlroy 6 67 76 68 75 286
T8 Zach Johnson 6 70 74 68 74 286
T13 Lee Westwood 7 67 76 72 72 287
T13 Adam Long 7 71 74 69 73 287
T13 Patrick Reed 7 66 70 77 74 287
T13 Viktor Hovland 7 71 71 70 75 287
T17 Jason Kokrak 8 68 71 77 72 288
T17 Paul Casey 8 76 70 69 73 288
T17 Lucas Glover 8 71 71 71 75 288
T17 Alexander Noren 8 72 74 67 75 288
T17 Hideki Matsuyama 8 71 69 70 78 288
22 Sungjae Im 9 70 75 73 71 289
T23 Erik van Rooyen 10 70 74 76 70 290
T23 Taylor Pendrith 10 71 74 75 70 290
T23 Jon Rahm 10 69 72 76 73 290
T23 Brendon Todd 10 68 72 75 75 290
T23 Thomas Pieters 10 66 74 73 77 290
T23 Joaquin Niemann 10 68 73 72 77 290
T23 Rafael Cabrera Bello 10 68 70 74 78 290
30 Charles Howell III 11 73 72 72 74 291
T31 Lucas Herbert 12 72 74 74 72 292
T31 Renato Paratore 12 71 72 73 76 292
T31 Bubba Watson 12 72 69 74 77 292
T34 Tyler Duncan 13 73 71 77 72 293
T34 Stephan Jaeger 13 71 70 79 73 293
T34 Romain Langasque 13 71 74 75 73 293
T34 Daniel Berger 13 73 70 74 76 293
T38 Cameron Smith 14 71 73 78 72 294
T38 Jason Day 14 72 74 76 72 294
T38 Brian Harman 14 74 72 75 73 294
T38 Adam Scott 14 71 74 74 75 294
T38 Billy Horschel 14 72 70 72 80 294
T43 Shane Lowry 15 76 70 77 72 295
T43 Patrick Cantlay 15 70 76 76 73 295
T43 Bernd Wiesberger 15 73 72 76 74 295
T43 Matt Wallace 15 70 75 73 77 295
T43 Lanto Griffin 15 71 74 71 79 295
48 Michael Thompson 16 70 75 75 76 296
T49 Rickie Fowler 17 69 77 72 79 297
T49 Thomas Detry 17 71 72 73 81 297
T51 John Pak 18 69 76 79 74 298
T51 Chesson Hadley 18 73 73 77 75 298
T51 Ryo Ishikawa 18 72 74 74 78 298
54 Adam Hadwin 19 72 73 74 80 299
55 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 20 70 76 72 82 300
T56 Abraham Ancer 21 71 75 79 76 301
T56 Robert MacIntyre 21 74 72 76 79 301
58 Troy Merritt 22 72 74 78 78 302
T59 Rory Sabbatini 24 69 76 78 81 304
T59 Sebastian Munoz 24 71 74 77 82 304
61 Shugo Imahira 25 71 74 78 82 305