The whining, whining, and gnashing of teeth at the result of this US Open promises to be more fun than the final stages of the 120th edition. Bryson De Chambo is the main winner. He holds as many US Open titles as Tom Watson and Gary Player, one more than Seve Balesteros and Nick Faldo. The professor isn’t so crazy after all. In fact, he may have changed the shape of the golf course in four rounds.
History will show that in the typically brutal fourth round of the US Open, DeChambeau rocked Winged Foot. His 67 and 6-floor combined secured a half-dozen strike victory over Matthew Wolf. DeChambeau, 27, was the only player on the field with 61
DeChambeau is the third player, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to win an individual college title in the United States, an amateur and the US Open. “It’s just an honor,” he said. “I do not know what else to say. It was very hard work. Being in this company is special. I will always appreciate this. ”
The background, however, was terrifying sniping. DeChambeau did not apologize for the accumulation – with muscles worth 20 pounds – thus giving himself the ability to exceed the rates. Traditionalists object, and the debate is largely irrelevant until it makes that breakthrough.
The Californian can now point to the results with a carefree shrug. He won in Detroit in July and finished fourth in the U.S. PGA Championship, dramatically improving to a clear average main record even before Winged Foot’s fame. This is not James Brad’s golf or Harry Wardon’s; just as Leo Messi cannot be compared to Ferenc Puskas. In the case of DeChambeau, pounds of muscle mean rewards. His nod to tradition begins and ends with a flat cap similar to Ben Hogan’s.
DeChambeau probably talks too much about the course. He did this in an unprofessional sense towards officials under the rules and in a particularly infamous episode – an operator. His pace of play before and rightly was criticized as painfully slow. And yet there is a player here, such a left field, that each iron – named, not numbered – in his bag must be the same length, which breaks the matrix. Now he has successfully turned elite golf into a science.
Authorities should discuss whether the technology should be withdrawn, with DeChambeau’s position not being able to drop devices in different zip codes. But for now, golf has a person whose pursuit of perfection is both engaging and valid. This must be perceived, not ridiculed. Even before he qualified for the 72nd hole, a lot of media coverage had demonized him and, cheerfully, hinted that only the best boys had won big championships. Cloudy cuckoo, in short.
During the most nervous cycle of his career, DeChambeau’s golf was exemplary. Precision corresponding to power. He should be praised only for this.
Wolff will inevitably have packages of chances to emulate DeChambeau, but for the 21-year-old it turned out to be a day of injury. He started the fourth round with a lead of two shots. The game of his first eight holes in plus three created problems for him, slightly compensated by an eagle on the 9th. Still, his opponent was three under 11 after Wolfe did a trick on the 10th and dropped another shot on the 14th. Heading for the 15th three, DeChambeau’s advantage was four.
It was soon six when Wolff capitulated further through the closing section. His dream of becoming the first player since 1913 to win the US Open as a debutant was shattered. He signed for a fourth round of 75. Louis Osthuusen claimed third against two, over one, without Harris English.
That the US Open had to go back to type was clear from the start. The Englishman lost the ball on the 1st. Rory McIlroy with four shots in the same hole, with his first shot of 85 feet, the second of 63 feet. The Northern Irishman posted 75, with a six meaning a draw for eighth. “It’s as right as they come and see what happened,” McIlroy said when assessing DeChambeau. “He has full faith in what he’s doing and it’s pretty impressive.”
Patrick Reed, so long a key part of this championship, closed with 74 for a share of 13th at plus seven. Lee Westwood, who signed with 72, was among those who kept Reid company. Justin Thomas finished a shot better after a run of 73, 76, 72 to follow the stunning 65 on Thursday.
“It’s an amazing golf course,” Thomas said. “It’s definitely my favorite place at the US Open I’ve played. I’m pretty disappointed with how I ended the week. I just hit him terribly in the second and third rounds. I hit him nice today. I played really, really good golf and hit very good shots that just burned the edges. It’s fair. If you play well, you can score points and make birds. “
De Chambo accepted the challenge far better than anyone else. The applause will come slowly when it really shouldn’t be. “People think I have all these crazy theories,” he said in June. “But when you really break it down to the basic principles of what I’m trying to do, it’s very common sense.” As he posed with the US Open trophy up, who were we to argue? The pioneer has his reward.