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Bryson DeChambeau Gets First Major Victory With Sunday Surge At U.S. Open

By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 20, 2020, 6:40 p.m. (ET)

Bryson DeChambeau looks on after the final round of the 120th U.S. Open Championship on Sept. 19, 2020 in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

 

Matthew Wolff made a five-under charge Saturday to take the lead heading into the final round of the U.S. Open, but Bryson DeChambeau had the last word Sunday, passing Wolff on the front nine and never looking back as he streaked to his first major victory by six strokes.

DeChambeau and Wolff were neck-and-neck for much of the front nine Sunday on a very tough course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Wolff, who came into Sunday with a two-stroke lead, bogeyed the third, fifth, and eighth holes to open the door. DeChambeau birdied the fourth, bogeyed the eighth, then nailed an eagle putt on nine only for Wolff to do the same. 

Wolff then bogeyed the 10th; DeChambeau birdied the 11th as he began to pull away. DeChambeau, the only player to shoot under par Sunday at -3, kept widening his lead, never looking like he would come back to the pack. He confidently hammered home par putts on the 14th and 15th to maintain a four-stroke lead with four holes to play, effectively placing one hand on the trophy. DeChambeau finished -6 for the tournament, while Wolff finished at even par, +5 on Sunday.

DeChambeau, 27, became just the third player ever to win the U.S. Amateur Championship, an NCAA national championship (both in 2015) and the U.S. Open, joining legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. DeChambeau also got his second win on tour this season after he won July’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, also over Wolff. DeChambeau continues a very strong 2020 that also saw him finish tied for fourth at the PGA Championship.

With the major victory, DeChambeau can expect to rise up the Olympic Golf Rankings that will determine the field for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021. DeChambeau was outside the top 60 heading into Winged Foot, but much like Collin Morikawa who scored his first major victory this year and is now ranked fourth, DeChambeau should enter that conversation.

 

Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.