Bryson DeChambeau wins 120th US Open golf championship in New York


Bryson DeChambeau has won the 120th US Open title with a stunning performance at the notorious Winged Foot course in New York.

On a course so demanding no one else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away with his driver and had short irons from the ankle-deep rough on his way to a 3-under 67.

DeChambeau was the only player under par in the final round, laughing off Winged Foot’s narrow fairways and thick rough with his booming drives that averaged 325 yards.

He is just the third person in the six US Opens to be played at Winged Foot — a total of 750 players — to shoot below par.

The last time the US Open champion was the only player in the final round to go round under par was Jack Fleck in 1955.

Bryson DeChambeau has challenged perceptions with his approach.(AP: John Minchillo)

DeChambeau trailed 21-year-old Matthew Wolff by two shots heading into the final round, only to pull away on the back nine.

Wolff was trying to become the youngest US Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923, and the youngest to win any major since Woods won his first Masters at 21 in 1997.

Both golfers eagled the ninth hole, but Wolff bogeyed number 10 and DeChambeau birdied the 11th to take a three-stroke lead.

“On nine is when I first thought, OK, this could be reality,” DeChambeau, speaking during the trophy presentation, said of his mindset after an eagle at the par-five ninth.

Louis Oosthuizen finished alone in third spot after birdying the 18th.

Just under a year ago, DeChambeau closed out his 2019 season in Las Vegas and said, “I’m going to come back next year and look like a different person.”

Bryson DeChambeau clenches his right fist and holds a club in his left, wearing a blue flat cap
Bryson DeChambeau shot three under on the final round.(AP: John Minchillo)

He lived up to his word among sceptics who wondered if the smash factor would work at a major, especially one at Winged Foot where keeping it in the short grass is tantamount.

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DeChambeau pledged to keep hitting it as far as he could, even if that meant being in the rough.

And it worked. He hit only three fairways Saturday, six Sunday, and 23 for the week.

Scepticism turned into admiration, with a healthy dose of disbelief.

“I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a US Open champion does,” Rory McIlroy said.

“Look, he’s found a way to do it. Whether that’s good or bad for the game, I don’t know, but it’s just not the way I saw this golf course being played or this tournament being played.”

DeChambeau is the third player in history to win the NCAA title, the US Amateur title and the US Open, alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

The best-placed Australian was Lucas Herbert, who finished in a tie for 31st after shooting 12 over par.

Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Adam Scott all finished two-shots further back in a tie for 38th.

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