Bryson DeChambeau saved his best round for last at the 2020 U.S. Open, carding a 3-under 67 at Winged Foot on Sunday to win his first career major championship.
The closing round was just two strokes off the finest 18-hole score of the week (65) after he grinded out grueling, sometimes gusty conditions with a straightforward combination of his length off the tee and control the greens.
DeChambeau, who caught and after that surpassed 21-year-old Matthew Wolff (the 54-hole leader), was the sole golfer within the field to end with a final-round score under par, making history by winning the seventh PGA Tour of his career.
The last time a U.S. Open champion owned the only final-round score under par was 1955 — 38 years before DeChambeau was born (!) — when Jack Fleck achieved that feat after beating Hogan in an 18-hole playoff. He polished off 72 holes with style, dropping in a par save and letting out a roar.
This year has turned out to be a breakout year for DeChambeau, who captured golf’s first major of the 2020-21 season on Sunday. Last year, he added a notable amount of muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame and built himself into the longest golfer off the tees in the world.
What’s come of the new edge is five top-five finishes in 2020, a (previous-best) top-five finish at the PGA Championship last month, and an advantage off the tees that is becoming more pronounced with each passing event.
DeChambeau finished fourth in strokes gained off the tee in the week and fourth in driving distance on Sunday. He made himself the only player to make an eagle in his final round and win the U.S. Open since 1937, per Justin Ray. DeChambeau achieve that on the ninth hole and cruised to victory from there.
“On 9 was when I first thought, ‘OK, this could be a reality.’ I made that long eagle putt and shocked myself making it, too. I said to myself I can do it, and then immediately after I said, ‘Nope, you gotta concentrate on each and every hole.’
I just kept telling myself ‘Nope, we have got three more holes, we’ve got four more holes, we’ve got five more holes.’ Whatever it was, I just had to keep focused, make sure I was executing every shot the best I possibly could.”
Finishing runner-up, Wolff, who was on the precipice of making his own history before surrendering his 54-hole two-stroke lead. Whereas in case of closing it out, Wolff would have become the youngest U.S. Open winner since 1923 (Bobby Jones) and youngest major champion since Tiger Woods (1997 Masters).
On the Contrary, he finished with a final-round 5-over 75 as he tried to keep up with DeChambeau‘s mesmerizing performance. It is considered as Wolff’s second consecutive top-five finish in a major, meanwhile, on the heels of a T4 finish at the PGA Championship last month.