DeChambeau strolls to second straight victory
NORTON, Mass. — The doubts about Bryson DeChambeau, the quirky, uber-intellectual, newsboy-hat-wearing golfer from California, have all but disappeared thanks to the 24-year old's performances in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.
DeChambeau fired a 4-under-par 67 on Monday, Sept. 3, in the final round to post a two-shot victory in the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., his second win in the first two postseason events.
DeChambeau finished the 72-hole event at 16-under 268, two strokes clear of England's Justin Rose, who birdied four of the final six holes to forge a 68 and climb into second place.
The win guaranteed that DeChambeau will be the top player in the playoff standings when the season concludes at the Tour Championship in three weeks in Atlanta, regardless of how he finishes next week at the BMW Championship in suburban Philadelphia.
There was plenty of good golf played on Monday, but no one really put any pressure on the suddenly rampaging DeChambeau.
Australian Cameron Smith bogeyed the final hole to settle for a 69 and solo third place at 13 under. The international leaderboard included Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (final-round 65), Taiwan's C.T. Pan (66) and Tony Finau (68), who finished in a tie for fourth at 12 under, four shots off DeChambeau's lead.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (64), Bubba Watson (66), Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (68), Emillano Grillo of Argentina (70) and third-round leader Abraham Ancer of Mexico (73) finished tied for seventh at 11 under.
The win was the third of the season for the DeChambeau after he captured the Memorial Tournament in June and The Northern Trust last week. He is up to four career PGA Tour victories. DeChambeau has recorded nine top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour.
DeChambeau is the first golfer to win back-to-back playoff events since Billy Horschel in 2014 and the sixth overall to accomplish that feat since its inception in 2007. He also joined Fiji's Vijay Singh (2008) as the only player to win the first two legs of the playoffs.
Phil Mickelson led a group at 10 under, tied for 12th, after an 8-under 63 in the final round. Tiger Woods managed just even par on Monday to end up tied for 24th at 7 under.
The event was limited to the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings, with 98 of those eligible participating in the tournament. Rickie Fowler, who is injured, and Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy, sat out this week.
The top 70 in the playoff standings advance to the BMW Championship. The top 30 after that event will move on to the Tour Championship.