Bryson DeChambeau Wins Northern Trust – On a Mission
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
The winner of the Northern Trust clearly stated that he was on a mission – two missions to be exact! Bryson DeChambeau kept all challengers behind him as he methodically took care of business on Sunday. DeChambeau, hoisted the trophy Sunday in hopes he would be the one hoisting the FedEx Cup trophy in a few weeks. That’s mission one, the other one comes later.
DeChambeau is one of several golfers hoping the spot left open for the Ryder Cup team will have his name on it. Winning the Northern Trust with exceptional play may put that goal a bit closer. Winning the Trust was a big step in the right direction and the 24-year-old PGA Tour pro from Modesto, California said so following his four-shot win.
“Like I said yesterday, I'm a man on a mission right now - two missions, actually,” DeChambeau said. “One being the Ryder Cup and one being the FedEx Cup. I'm doing pretty well right now and just got to keep moving forward in the right direction.”
DeChambeau is making his case for the Ryder Cup and his chances to make a run at the FedEx Cup. The win is the second of the year for DeChambeau and the third of his tour career. The first win of 2018 came at the Memorial where he edged out both Byeong Hun An as well as Kyle Stanley. He also placed second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and has 8 top-ten finishes this year.
Now, he’s jumped to the lead in the FedEx standings and has a clear shot at playing for the Championship. And, maybe he’s caught the eye of Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk who has three captain’s picks to make next week.
Closing the Door
When play progressed on Sunday it became clear that the chances of DeChambeau stumbling were becoming slimmer. The young golfer looked more like the seasoned pro he’s turning into as he worked his way through 18 holes closing the door on his opponents.
According to PGA.com, the golfer stayed on the range Saturday night until dark working on his swing on Saturday night. Sunday morning, he went to work early as he opened with a string of birdies to stretch his lead to six strokes with Aaron Wise and Tony Finau behind him - two players also hope to make their case for the Ryder Cup.
The gap closed to two strokes following a couple of bogeys but DeChambeau recovered with another string of birdies heading towards the final hole of the event. In fact, his only missed shot came on 18 when his drive sailed wide. The long tee-shot landed in the fairway of one of the holes not in play for the tournament.
Ridgewood Country Club, located in Paramus, New Jersey, has a total of 27 holes, 18 of which were in play for the tournament. However, the second shot lined up well and DeChambeau powered his ball towards the green with accuracy that failed him off the tee only a few minutes prior. He calmly worked the green and putted for par ending 18-under at 266 for the event.
Wise dropped back to finish T5 with Adam Scott and Ryan Palmer. Finau ended his day better finishing in second place with -14 for the tournament. Billy Horschel and Cameron Smith finished T3 at -13. The second-place win opened the conversation about the Ryder Cup for Finau who address the topic following the tournament.
“If I'm in the conversation, this doesn't hurt my chances, I don't believe,” Finau said after his runner-up finish. “I had a solid week all around. My game feels good and I feel confident. Whatever his decision is, I'll be ready to play.”