Bryson DeChambeau has gained the 120th US Open title with a shocking efficiency on the infamous Winged Foot course in New York.
On a course so demanding nobody else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away along with his driver and had quick irons from the ankle-deep tough on his method to a 3-under 67.
DeChambeau was the one participant below par within the ultimate spherical, laughing off Winged Foot’s slender fairways and thick tough along with his booming drives that averaged 325 yards.
He’s simply the third individual within the six US Opens to be performed at Winged Foot — a complete of 750 gamers — to shoot beneath par.
The final time the US Open champion was the one participant within the ultimate spherical to go spherical below par was Jack Fleck in 1955.
DeChambeau trailed 21-year-old Matthew Wolff by two pictures heading into the ultimate spherical, solely to drag away on the again 9.
Wolff was attempting to turn into the youngest US Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923, and the youngest to win any main since Woods gained his first Masters at 21 in 1997.
Each golfers eagled the ninth gap, however Wolff bogeyed quantity 10 and DeChambeau birdied the 11th to take a three-stroke lead.
“On 9 is once I first thought, OK, this could possibly be actuality,” DeChambeau, talking in the course of the trophy presentation, stated of his mindset after an eagle on the par-five ninth.
Louis Oosthuizen completed alone in third spot after birdying the 18th.
Just below a 12 months in the past, DeChambeau closed out his 2019 season in Las Vegas and stated, “I will come again subsequent 12 months and seem like a special individual.”
He lived as much as his phrase amongst sceptics who questioned if the smash issue would work at a serious, particularly one at Winged Foot the place protecting it within the quick grass is tantamount.
DeChambeau pledged to maintain hitting it so far as he might, even when that meant being within the tough.
And it labored. He hit solely three fairways Saturday, six Sunday, and 23 for the week.
Scepticism was admiration, with a wholesome dose of disbelief.
“I do not actually know what to say as a result of that is simply the exact opposite of what you suppose a US Open champion does,” Rory McIlroy stated.
“Look, he is discovered a method to do it. Whether or not that is good or unhealthy for the sport, I do not know, nevertheless it’s simply not the way in which I noticed this golf course being performed or this event being performed.”
DeChambeau is the third participant in historical past to win the NCAA title, the US Newbie title and the US Open, alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
The most effective-placed Australian was Lucas Herbert, who completed in a tie for 31st after taking pictures 12 over par.
Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Adam Scott all completed two-shots additional again in a tie for 38th.