Bryson DeChambeau Wins Two PGA Tournaments in A Row
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
Last week following the Northern Trust tournament Bryson DeChambeau stated he was on a two-part mission. One, he wanted to win the FedEx Cup trophy and secondly, he wanted to make the Ryder Cup team. He may have done both. DeChambeau won his second tournament in a row which cemented his advancement towards winning the FedEx but may be enough to and him on the Ryder Cup roster.
The winner of the Northern Trust, last week, repeated his efforts by winning the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday. The 24-year-old player will be most likely be named one of the captain's pick late Tuesday by Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk.
DeChambeau entered final day play of the FedEx Championship Payoffs trailing leaders in a group of players topping the leaderboard – all within 2-3 strokes. The leader heading into the final day, Abraham Ancer, started the day with a bogey on his second hole. That stumble opened the door for a host of players.
Before the day was over, Ancer would fall down the leaderboard while DeChambeau would climb to the top and win by two strokes. Ancer would finish tied for seventh with four other players. DeChambeau, a three-time winner in 2018 so far, said he’s been focusing on being consistent.
“Consistency has been a big thing for me,” DeChambeau said following his third win of the season. “I've been trying to get that week in and week out and I was able to figure something out last week on the putting green and that's kind of progressed me to move forward in the right way.”
It's a theme that was brought up many times during play by TV commentators. The 24-year-old PGA Tour pro from Modesto, California apparently carries a bag with clubs cut with the same shaft length. That way his swing can remain the same while letting the club face do its job.
Strokes ahead of the Best
DeChambeau played a nearly perfect game on Monday, stringing together several birdies, to close out the Dell Technologies Championship by two strokes over a list of some of the best golfers in the world. Justin Rose trailed by two-strokes to secure second place while Cameron Smith placed third. Hideki Matsuyama, C.T. Pan, and Tony Finau all knotted up at -12 under for a three-way tie for fourth.
Before the day was over, the leader entering the final day had dropped into a five-way tie for seventh. Ancer swung wide on several holes forcing bogies which slid him down the leaderboard to finish tied with several players including No. 1 ranked Dustin Johnson. The two players were also tied with Bubba Watson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, and Emiliano Grillo.
DeChambeau also outpaced Phil Mickelson who finished T-12 with a host of players including Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Kyle Stanley, Peter Uihlein, Brice Garnett, and Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas finished at T-24 with five other players.
The win for DeChambeau sealed the players standing in the FedEx standings with only two tournaments left on the schedule in 2018. The three-time winner said he felt better about his play after sinking a critical putt down the stretch following a bogey.
“I was leaking oil a little bit,” said DeChambeau following his back-to-back win. “Once I was able to make that putt on 14 it pushed me forward. I made birdie on the next and it was smooth sailing. If I keep going that route I'll be hard to beat.”
Leaderboard of the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship thru -5