MAMARONECK, NY – Call him the mad scientist in the Tom O Shanter hat. Call him a game-changer in golf. Any description of Bryson DeChambue now starts with the US Open champion.
During a thrilling performance at Winged Foot on Sunday, on a course that demanded that no one else be equal, Dichambeu blew up with his driver and had small irons from ankle-deep rough as he made his way to the 3-under 67.
When his 7-foot parrot fell on the 18th, Dichambue pushed those two powerful hands into the air. It is a confirmation that his idea of adding 40 pounds of mass to produce incredible speed and power leads to such moments.
Two shots behind Matthew Wolf going into the final round, he crossed him in five holes, pulled nine to start the back and won with six shots.
Wolf tried to become the first player to win the US Open since Francis O’Malley in 1913, finishing 75.
A year ago, DiCambe ended his 2019 season in Las Vegas by saying, “I’ll be back next year and look like a different person.”
He lived up to his word among skeptics who wondered if the smash factor would work at a larger one, especially one at Winged Foot, where placing it on small grass is the equivalent. Decombue vowed to beat it as hard as he could, even though he was in a tough position.
And it worked. He hit only Saturdays, six Sundays, and 23 fairways a week.
Skepticism has become acclaimed with a healthy dose of infidelity.
“I don’t really know what to say because it’s the complete opposite of what you think the US Open champion will do,” Rory McIlroy said. “Look, he found a way to do this. I don’t know if it was good or bad for the game, but playing this golf course or playing this tournament was not the way I saw it. ”
Louis Ostuygen, 18th, stood alone in third place.
In the previous five U.S. Open Winged Foot, only two of the 750 competitors broke through more than 72 holes, and in 1984 Fuzzy Zoller and Greg Norman finished 4-under 276.
Dechambe stood at 6-under 274, a score no one had seen.
He stayed in practice range until 8pm – the club turned on the lights for him – in cold weather he hit driver after driver, trying to find enough accuracy to take him to the title.
The US Open is yet to grab a fleeting moment around the turn. Dechambue and Wolf each bogged out of position on the eighth hole. Decambue was at 3 under, one shot ahead of Wolf. Before them, ost Stuigen and Xander Schaefel were identical.
Nine behind still playing, where a lot went wrong at Winged Foot.
Not this time.
Decombue and Wolf Drive were blown up on the fairway on the ninth of Par-5. Dechambue is wrapped at a precise speed of 40 feet in eagle putt. Wolf, who had a pitch slit for his second shot, matched his eagle with a 10-foot putt.
That’s the race for two people.
And then it’s a one – man show.
Par-3 10th Wolf’s tee shot was rolled into the thick collar of the bunker on the left, where he had to stand halfway away from the steel shaft of his sand fork while standing in a deep bunker, a very dangerous place. He chipped through a 10 foot hole to get a bogie two shots behind.
Then, the 21-year-old California blinked. From the Fairway on the 11th, his slit was chunky and right-handed and he had to wrestle evenly instead of setting up a reasonable birdie chance. Decombue climbed a short distance from the right rough, but he used a putter from the green for Birdie from 15 feet away.
With a three-shot lead, Dichambue was blasting as he chased, he didn’t move forward, just like he said. He defended hard from the deep left on the 14th, knocking down another protein shake running on the 15th, he went along with a major title, confirming his outward approach to the royal and ancient game.