Amazing feeling after so much hard work has gone into this transformation of my game and outlook. Thank you to my fans, team and sponsors for sticking with me. And thank you to the @USGA, @usopengolf and Winged Foot for an incredible test. So honored to have won my 1st major here pic.twitter.com/75OEogzMtc
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) September 21, 2020
World Number Five Bryson DeChambeau landed the US Open crown at Winged Foot golf course in New York, last weekend. It was the 27-year-old’s first major title, but it was his unique golfing style that caught the eye of many onlookers.
The California-native focuses on using his massive power over the common strategy of acute accuracy, and his risky style payed off at Winged Foot, as he won by a whopping six shots.
Moreover, DeChambeau was the only player to complete the four-day competition under par, whilst he was also the only golfer to finish under 70 on the closing day, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, and overnight leader Matthew Wolff shooting five over par in the tough conditions on Sunday.
But, can DeChambeau keep using this tactic to win majors in the future?
Let’s take a look!
It is no secret that DeChambeau has bulked up massively this year, and the American isn’t going to apologise for his untraditional style anytime soon. The 27-year-old has gained a huge 20lb worth of muscle – landing him the nickname of the ‘Incredible Bulk’. He has since become the longest driver on the PGA Tour, and he uses it to his advantage, overpowering even the toughest of courses.
Hitting fairways is often considered a key part of the game, and can usually play a massive part in what you shot on that on that hole, but the 27-year-old showed that this isn’t always the case. Despite hitting only 23 fairways across the 72 holes, DeChambeau was able to get up and down enough to continuously shot low scores.
Of course, with such power, the American still needs the finesse of his short game, as what would be the point in smashing the ball 350 yards down a 550 yard hole, into the rough, and not being able to get it out and onto the green?
But, again, DeChambeau, who admitted his ‘creativity’ around the greens helped towards his major triumph, was able to do this. Just look at what he did on the ninth hole on Sunday, as an example. After drilling a drive 375 yards down the 556-yard hole, the American knocked his second shot on the green with a pitching wedge, before sinking an incredible 37-foot putt for eagle. He was almost making a mockery of the course, which was tipped to be impossible for players like him.
It is clearly working stateside, for DeChambeau. Before his three-shot victory over Wolff in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July, the American hadn’t won on the PGA Tour since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2018. Following his sixth Tour win back in July, the 27-year-old finished an impressive tied-fourth in the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August, just three shots behind the winner, Collin Morikawa.
Whilst power, with little care for accuracy, probably won’t land DeChambeau the British Open, as the rough on the iconic links golf courses are much tougher and deeper, he can continue to win titles in America, and the upcoming Masters, which he is the new favourite to win – according to the bet exchange – could mark back-to-back majors.