Bryson DeChambeau bombed his way to the U.S. Open, and it caught Rory McIlroy's eye. "Whether that's good or bad ... it's just the way it is."
Bryson DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion, is not the only player in today's game who can hit it a country mile. It also helped that Winged Foot allows approach shots on all but a couple of the holes to run onto the green. The “bomb and gouge” style doesn't work so well on U.S. Open greens when the ball can arrive only by air.
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Mike Davis announced Tuesday that he would be retiring from his role as USGA CEO, effective at the end of 2021, but his legacy will remain.
Mike Davis is leaving the USGA. Though not immediately. The USGA has announced that Davis will step down as CEO at the end of 2021.
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The road to his U.S. Open title might have been tougher than anything Bryson DeChambeau faced at Winged Foot. It was just under a year ago that DeChambeau tied for fourth in his final PGA Tour event of 2019, and upon leaving for a two-month break he said with a grin and a measure of mystery: ''I'm going to come back next year and look like a different person. ''How many people have changed their body, changed their golf swing and lost their career?'' said Chris Como, who works with DeChambeau as a swing coach and speaks his language with his background in biomechanics.
They gave Bryson DeChambeau the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday evening, but it was what he did Saturday - both day and night - that earned him his first major.
And for his next trick… After stunning the golf world with his outrageous performance at the US Open, in which he made the rest invisible in his six-shot subjugation, Bryson DeChambeau now plans to use a 48-inch driver at The Masters in six weeks time. That is a mighty wand by any standard. Indeed, the rules state that is the maximum length of shaft allowed. With his new status, it would be a brave and perhaps even challenging ploy on DeChambeau’s behalf. But it will come after what many experts consider to be a fundamental change in the history of the game at Winged Foot, New York on Sunday night. It was not meant to happen like this. Nobody was meant to overpower Winged Foot with its pencil-thin fairways, its brush-thick rough and greens so slopey and fast that ink, itself, would roll off. Yet DeChambeau ignored all the warnings, all the promises of carnage and proceeded to blow straight over a supposed monster. DeChambeau hit only 23 of the 56 fairways, the least of any US Open champion since they started collecting data 30 years ago. But he averaged 325 yards in driving distance, conversely the furthest by any US Open winner — and it is fair to say this despite the lack of yesteryear records — in history. DeChambeau is a revolutionary and like every renegade there are calls for him to be constrained. Comment: Golf's distance problem is ruining great courses On Monday morning, the BBC website called for the governing bodies finally to intervene and arrest this one-dimensional “bomb and gouge” culture that threatens to quash nuance — and to protect the classic courses at the same time. As enthralling as DeChambeau’s final round 67 was — the only under-par score of the day and thus the lowest by a staggering three shots — the fear is that an era of sledgehammer and wedge could get increasingly dull. Rory McIlroy was courageous enough to pose the question, “Is this good or bad for the game?” before emphasising how impressed he was. Much was made when DeChambeau appeared post-lockdown carrying 40lbs more of muscle but at the time McIlroy was unmoved. “I played with him at Colonial the first week back out and I sort of said, ‘Okay, wait until he gets to a proper golf course, he'll have to rein it back in’,” McIlroy said. “But look what's happened. Yeah, he has full belief in what he's doing and I think it's brilliant. He’s taken advantage of where the game is at the minute.” Golf is at a crossroads and with DeChambeau’s bombs flying over their heads, the US Golf Association and the R&A; must decide if they at last want to draw a line. A tournament ball would be the simplest fix, although it would mean the pros playing with different equipment to the hackers (in truth, they do anyway) and losing that mythical connection. The USGA and R&A; revealed, in a report released earlier this year, a willingness to act and the pressure is on now more than ever before, regardless of any potential legal wars. However, DeChambeau does not sound worried. "Will they rein it back? I'm sure," he said. "I'm sure something might happen. I don't know what it will be, but I just know that length is always going to be an advantage. It's tough to rein in athleticism. We’re always going to be trying to get fitter, stronger, more athletic. Tiger Woods inspired this whole generation to do this, and we're going to keep going after it. I don't think it's going to stop." His caddie Tim Tucker is certain. “Bryson’s never going to stop,” he said. “He’s going to keep pushing it.” But at what expense? Not to the 27-year-old, of course, his $2.25m winnings have taken him above $20m career earnings already and goodness knows the bonuses offered up by Cobra, the club manufacturer who must feel like Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitar-maker after Woodstock. Yet to a sport petrified about falling participation levels, desperate to retain the viewers and sponsors brought in by Woods, and concerned that it cannot keep expanding layouts because of cost and environmental factors, this appears a pivotal time.
Will Zalatoris is the leading money winner on the Korn Ferry Tour, but he eclipsed his 2020 season earnings with a T-6 finish at the U.S. Open.
Bryson DeChambeau developed his unique way of playing golf under a beat up tent in Madera, California under the tutelage of Mike Schy.
Bryson DeChambeau tied a career high in the world rankings following his dominant U.S. Open performance at Winged Foot.
Multi-talented Ashleigh Barty has conquered tennis, been a professional cricketer and has now added another string to her sporting bow by winning a golf tournament.
Bryson DeChambeau has a different take: He thinks every week belongs to him. Over the course of four days, DeChambeau unnerved the folks who run the U.S. Open and carved up Winged Foot's unyielding reputation one divot-sized slice at a time. In the bargain, DeChambeau turned one of the golf's foundational myths - the game is about how many, not how - inside out.
Bryson DeChambeau was surprised outside the clubhouse at the U.S. Open and saw his parents and family on a video call.
Georgia Hall parred the second playoff hole Sunday to win the Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon and earn her first LPGA Tour title in the United States. Hall, a 24-year-old from England whose other Tour win was the 2018 Women's British Open, outlasted South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai after both made par on the first playoff hole, the 18th. Hall got the title with an up-and-down par on the par-4 first hole at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Louis Oosthuizen was left with little choice but to doff his hat to Bryson DeChambeau after the muscle-bound American battered the Winged Foot course into submission to win his first major at the U.S. Open on Sunday. "I think he's busy setting his own little way of playing," Oosthuizen added.
Bryson DeChambeau was not the least bit concerned by the narrow fairways or the ankle-deep rough that shape Winged Foot into historically the toughest of all U.S. Opens. ''One hundred percent, no doubt,'' DeChambeau said. Part of this course's fame is the ''Massacre of Winged Foot'' in 1974 when the winning score was 7-over par.
Everything Bryson DeChambeau worked on paid off in a U.S. Open victory. But don't think that's the end of the story, because it's just the beginning.
Georgia Hall owns an LPGA major title but until Sunday, she had never logged a victory on U.S. soil.
Bryson DeChambeau's unorthodox style got major validation on Sunday, as the power-driving "mad scientist" of the PGA Tour claimed the U.S. Open by a definitive six-stroke margin and silenced his sceptics. Since he unveiled his single-length set of clubs at the start of his pro career, the former physics major has embarked on a one-man mission to revolutionise golf, facing plenty of doubts in a sport where tradition is valued above all else. "I all of a sudden got a lot stronger, worked out every day, been working out every day, and all of a sudden -- not because of clubs, but because of me, I was able to gain 20, 25 yards," said DeChambeau after winning his maiden major title over fellow American Matthew Wolff.
They say you learn more from defeat than victory. Matthew Wolff is hoping that’s the case.
After winning the U.S. Open, Bryson DeChambeau turned his sights to the Masters and more work with a 48-inch driver shaft.
Georgia Hall won the Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory in the United States, beating Ashleigh Buhai with a par on the second hole of a playoff. ''To bogey the last I was quite upset about that,'' Hall said. The 24-year-old Englishwoman, the 2018 Women's British Open champion, matched Buhai with a par on 18 on the first extra hole and won on the par-4 first at Columbia Edgewater.
It was over before it even began. At least that’s how it felt for a handful of contenders on Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Jim Furyk joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two PGA Tour Champions starts, beating Jerry Kelly with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the Pure Insurance Championship. The 50-year-old Furyk won The Ally Championship last month in Michigan in his tour debut. Palmer won his first two events in 1980, and Fleisher accomplished the feat in 1999.
Bryson DeChambeau transformed his body and the effects are more than physical. They are material in the game, changing the way it's viewed and played.
Whether Bryson DeChambeau's US Open victory will revolutionize golf or just give a few people a new edge, it had other players talking after Sunday's final round at Winged Foot.
Matthew Wolff stood over the closest thing he'd find to an easy shot at Winged Foot: 103 yards away from the pin on a flat lie in the fairway. The player Wolff was chasing, Bryson DeChambeau, didn't make those kind of mistakes. After carrying a two-shot lead into Sunday, Wolff shot 5-over 75.
England's Georgia Hall won the Portland Classic with a par at the second playoff hole, denying South African Ashleigh Buhai a first US LPGA title.
If Bryson DeChambeau was looking for validation for his obsession with distance, all he had to do was glance at his reflection on the U.S. Open trophy. If the USGA is looking for an image to reign in those distances, a picture of DeChambeau holding that trophy works, too. The Masters is coming up in November and, if there was ever a course ripe for DeChambeau's power game, it's Augusta National.
Jim Furyk claimed his second PGA Tour Champions title, winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach.
American Matthew Wolff's howl was reduced to a whimper in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, as his charmed run for a maiden major golf title came up short. Locked in a two-man race with hard-hitting Bryson DeChambeau in his first-ever U.S. Open, the 21-year-old couldn't match his opponent's power or finesse despite heading into the finale with a two-stroke lead, carding a five-over par 75, 10 strokes more than he put up the previous day. The affair began to unravel as Wolff committed three bogeys in the front nine.
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) -- A glance at Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot:
Matthew Wolff put up an admirable fight before succumbing to Bryson DeChambeau, finishing second at the U.S. Open.
Watch Bryson Dechambeau's post-round news conference after winning the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club.
Bryson DeChambeau was congratulated by his peers on social media after winning the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Bryson DeChambeau single-mindedness might have been the biggest factor in determining the U.S. Open winner at Winged Foot.
Dustin Johnson arrived at Winged Foot playing better golf than arguably anyone in the world. Unable to get much going from the start, Johnson closed out his tournament with a even-par 70 on Sunday in final round. Johnson won two of the three playoff events and was second in the other, clinching his first FedEx Cup title with his victory at the Tour Championship.
At Winged Foot on Sunday, Rory Sabbatini lined up a putt completely away from the hole and then watched his ball stop even farther away.
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Latest from the final round of the U.S. Open, golf's second major of the year (all times EDT):
Bryson DeChambeau captured his first major golf title on Sunday, firing a three-under par 67 to win the 120th US Open and humble a relentless Winged Foot layout.
Bryson DeChambeau was the lone player under par at the 120th U.S. Open, winning his first major championship at 6 under.
Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, has a set up that is different than every other player. See all his clubs at Winged Foot.