Sunday, September 20

Bryson DeChambeau Overpowers Field to Win U.S. Open by 6 Shots

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A BOLD EXPERIMENT TO EXPLOIT POWER in championship golf has turned Bryson DeChambeau into a hulking, long-hitting, rough-conquering U.S. Open champion.

Today, DeChambeau shot a closing 3-under 67 on storied Winged Foot to separate himself from the field. No one else broke par in the final round. He finished at 6-under 274 for the tournament, the only player in red numbers after 72 holes on the brutal layout. DeChambeau is the first player to shoot par or better in all four rounds in six U.S. Opens played at Winged Foot dating back to 1929.

"It's just an honor," DeChambeau said about joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win an NCAA championship, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. "It's been a lot of hard work."

Third-round leader Matthew Wolff shot a 5-over 75 in the final round to finish second at even par. Louis Oosthuizen was third at 2-over 282.

DeChambeau only hit 23 of 56 fairways at Winged Foot. It didn't matter. He blasted drives an average of 325 yards, the longest by a U.S. Open champion. And he slashed smart approach shots from the thick rough and displayed a delicate touch on and around the slick, sloping greens.

It's a new day in golf when a sinister U.S. Open setup can't crush every man in the field.

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