Bryson DeChambeau’s bold approach on one of the toughest courses in the world reaped huge rewards as he powered his way to his maiden major title at the US Open. Let’s look at the gear he uses to help him win:
Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2020
• Driver: Cobra King Speedzone (5.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype 60X 45.5″ carbon fibre shaft)
• Fairway woods: Cobra King Speedzone Tour (11.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype carbon fibre 75 TX, 43″ shaft); Cobra King Speedzone Tour (13.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype carbon fibre 80X, 41″ shaft)
• Irons: Cobra King Speedzone (4&5); King Forged Tour One Length, (6-PW, LA Golf Rebar Proto carbon fibre, 37.5″ shafts)
• Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50˚, 55˚ & 60˚, LA Golf Prototype carbon fibre shafts)
• Putter: SIK Tour Prototype (Ozik graphite shaft)
• Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
• Clothing: Puma
• Shoes: Puma
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DeChambeau got the better of debutant Matthew Wolff in what ended up as a head-to-head battle between the final pairing of the tournament at Winged Foot, firing a three-under 67 that propelled him to a handsome six-shot victory with a winning score of six under par. Matthew Wolff put up a brave fight but had to settle for second.
The champion was the only man in the 61-strong field to break the par in the most treacherous conditions at the championship in New York, holding firm after the turn as his 21-year-old opponent wilted down the stretch, although Rory McIlroy ‘s expectations for a late push were effectively ended by a four-putt double-bogey in the first hole.
There were no such problems for the top two as they set off with Wolff looking to protect his overnight, two-stroke lead, and he opened with a solid par before DeChambeau spurned a great chance to apply early pressure when missing from inside five feet.
But by the time they walked off the fifth green, it was DeChambeau who was suddenly at the top of the leaderboard after he holed a 12-foot putt for birdie at the fourth in between a pair of bogeys from Wolff, who remained the chaser when both dropped shots at the eighth.
Both found the par-five ninth in two and DeChambeau turned the screw with a perfect 30-footer for eagle, only for Wolff to keep the deficit at a single shot heading into the back nine as he followed suit from half that distance.
Wolff matches Bryson DeChambeau’s eagle at the par-five ninth to stay within one of the US Open lead.
However, Wolff then pulled his tee shot to the 10th left of the target and could not match the par of DeChambeau, who extended his advantage to three shots with a birdie at 11, and he was content to grind out the pars with Wolff unable to create clear-cut birdie chances over the next three holes.
Wolff erred again at the 14th after coming up short with his approach and seeing it roll back off the slick putting surface, and DeChambeau saved par from 10 feet and scrambled another at the next to keep one hand firmly on the trophy.
DeChambeau was the only player to break par on Sunday, and the only man to finish under the card for the week. And the trophy engraver had the freedom to make an early start after Wolff’s fading hopes were extinguished with a double-bogey six at the 16th, and his day was perhaps summed up when his seemingly-perfect drive down the 17th rolled into a divot on the fairway.
Wolff did well to get away with a par, and he missed a six-footer for birdie at the last to hand in a 75 which dropped him to level par for the week – just his second major appearance of many more in the future.
Having turned the closing stretch into a procession, DeChambeau’s run of stress-free pars was capped by a slippery eight-foot putt for a four at the last, sealing a dominant performance which validated his decision a year ago to pile on the muscle in the quest for extraordinary distance.
Louis Oosthuizen won the race for the final position on the podium, a 73 posting two over par, while Harris English undid some excellent recovery work when he dropped three shots over the last five holes to slip to fourth.
English endured a horror start when he lost a ball left on the opening hole and the volunteers were unable to locate it in the three-minute limit, and it transpired that the search party were in the wrong area as English’s ball was found by Rich Beem.
The resulting double-bogey was a huge blow, but he responded with an immediate birdie and another at 11 hauled him back to level par for the round, only for his erratic final third of the round to cost him a top-three finish.
Xander Schauffele retained an outside shot at the title until he bogeyed five in a row on the back nine and crashed to four over, one ahead of pre-tournament favourite Dustin Johnson as the world No 1 signed off with a commendable 70.
McIlroy needed to avoid the early mistakes which hampered his title hopes on day two, but he did not capitalise on a perfect drive and followed a poor approach with four putts, the first from 90 feet which lacked the pace to reach the desired level of the green and rolled 60 feet back to the front.
He took himself out of the running with dropped shots at the fourth and seventh and, after a pair of birdies either side of the turn, McIlroy bogeyed 15 and doubled the next en route to a 75 which saw him slip to six over par, which was at least good enough for his 21st top-10 finish in a major.
McIlroy was one ahead of veteran Lee Westwood, who closed with back-to-back 72s, while halfway leader Patrick Reed also finished on seven over par.
Stewart Cink captured his first title since the 2009 Open Championship; the veteran claimed a dramatic two-shot win at the Safeway Open.
Cink emerged from a highly congested leaderboard, matching his third round of 65 and holding off Harry Higgs in a riveting finish to the opening tournament of the 2020/21 PGATOUR season.
The 47-year-old ended a clean sweep of birdies on the par-fives in the final hole after his only blemish of the day on the 17th, posting a winning score of 21 under and earning his first silverware since he denied Tom Watson the landmark sixth Claret Jug in Turnberry more than 11 years ago.
Cink was two strokes behind overnight and one of 28 players within four shots of the lead, but he made serene progress through Sunday and cruised to the turn in 32 before pitching in for his third birdie in four holes at the 11th.
The five-time Ryder Cup player missed a decent chance at the next, but he picked up a tricky 20-footer for his sixth birdie at the 15th, adding another birdie at the next to open up a two-shot advantage over the chasing pack.
Cink’s composure buckled on the 17th green as he raced his 45-foot birdie putt six feet past the cup and missed the return, but two lusty blows found the back fringe on the par-five last and he putted to three feet and knocked in the winning stroke with Higgs piling on the pressure.
Higgs, who made the first albatross of the season with his last shot of the second round, looked to be too far back to challenge until he smashed a superb 237-yard second to five feet at the 16th and rammed in the putt for eagle to close within one of the leader.
But Higgs was unable to find the cup from within 10 feet on the 17th, and when he needed another eagle at the last to force extra holes, he pushed his drive too far to the right and into a fairway bunker, which left him no hope of getting to the tee in two.
A par-five was enough for Higgs to finish in outright second on 19 under, matching his previous best performance on the PGATOUR at the Bermuda Championship in November last year, while Doc Redman lit up the final day after he birdied each of the final six holes to return a 10-under 62, which earned him the clubhouse lead for a lengthy period.
Redman would end up in a share of third with Chez Reavie, who covered the back nine in just 29 strokes to card a 66, with Kevin Streelman picking up three shots over the last four holes to claim a podium finish.
Brian Stuard, who shared the overnight lead with James Hahn and Cameron Percy, also birdied the last to make it a four-way tie for third, while Russell Knox was unable to mount a serious challenge after a poor run of holes on the outward half.
The Scot made a good start with an early birdie at the short second, but he bogeyed three of the next four holes and went on to fire a 70 which left him five adrift of the champion.
WHATS IN THE BAG
Stewart Cink’s winning WITB: 2020 Safeway Open
- Driver: Ping G410 LST (10.5 degrees @11.5, Big +)
- Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX (45.25″)
- 3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees @13.5)
- Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5
- 7-wood: Ping G410 (20.5 degrees @19.75)
- Shaft: Accra FX 2.0 360 M5
- Irons: Ping i210 (4-UW)
- Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (+1/2″)
- Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 Raw (56-08M, 60-04L)
- Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (+1/2″, D6 swing weight)
- Putter: Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
- Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
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Dustin Johnson moved a big step closer to victory of the FedExCup by opening a five-stroke lead heading into the Tour Championship final round.
The 22-time winner on the PGATOUR, seeking for the first time to claim the FedExCup and its $15 m jackpot, birded the last to post a six-under 64 and equalled the lowest round of the week at East Lake.
Johnson heads to the final round on Monday, 19-under and five ahead of the closest challengers Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele, with last week’s BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm taking another shot back in fourth place.
Starting the day one ahead, Johnson opened with two-putt pars on the first two holes before rolling in a five-footer at the third, which was enough to move three ahead when playing partner Sungjae Im made bogey at the same hole.
Thomas holed a 30-footer to save par at the fifth and drained a 20-foot eagle at the par-five next, with the 2017 FedExCup champion adding a 10-foot birdie at the seventh to briefly get within one.
Johnson failed to take advantage of the par-five sixth but responded by firing his approach at the seventh to tap-in range, with a seven-foot birdie at the ninth seeing him reach the turn four ahead.
Thomas took two attempts to get out of the rough to bogey the ninth and then three-putted the 10th from 11 feet to fall five behind, as Johnson cancelled out a 20-foot birdie at the 10th by missing a six-footer to save par at the next.
Johnson converted a 25-foot putt from the fringe at the 11th to go four ahead, with Schauffele – who birdied the 10th and 12th – joined on 13 under by Thomas after he posted long-range birdies at the 11th and 14th.
The world No 1 added another birdie at the 14th and scrambled from the sand to save par at the next, before a super pitch from just short of the final green set up a nine-foot birdie to extend his lead to five strokes.
Schauffele holed a 10-footer at the last and Thomas finished with a two-putt gain to both move to 14 under, with Rahm closing his third-round 66 with back-to-back birdies to get within six of the lead.
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Jon Rahm holed a sensational 66-foot putt for birdie at the first play-off hole to snatch victory over Dustin Johnson in an engrossing conclusion to the BMW Championship.
Rahm stormed into the clubhouse lead with a stunning, closing 64 at Olympia Fields, comfortably the low round of the week, and he looked certain to claim his fifth PGATOUR title in regulation with Johnson lining up a testing 45-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green.
But Johnson read the slick, double-breaking putt to perfection to cap a 67 and force extra holes, and luck was smiling on the American when the world’s top two players returned to the 18th hole for the play-off – Johnson’s pulled drive cannoning off a tree and back into the middle of the fairway.
Johnson knocked a safe second to the heart of the green, while Rahm’s approach from the rough on the right bounded past pin high and settled at the back of the putting surface, leaving him with a huge task just to get down in two putts for par.
However, in scenes similar to Rahm’s maiden win at Torrey Pines in 2017, the world No 2 got the pace and line right and celebrated wildly as his ball dropped into the centre of the cup before Johnson’s attempt to extend the contest came up short.
Johnson did at least cling onto his world No 1 ranking by virtue of his solo runner-up finish, and it was fitting a tournament on the toughest course seen on the PGATOUR for many years should be decided by a play-off between the two top-ranked players in the world.
Rahm defied the difficulty of the 2003 US Open venue and dropped only one shot over the weekend, his amazing lapse in concentration on Saturday when he picked his ball up on the fifth green having forgotten to mark it first, and error which incurred a one-shot penalty.
He spoke afterwards of his concern at finishing one shot behind the champion, and there is little doubt Rahm would have been thinking about his mistake when he heard the cheers that greeted Johnson’s unlikely birdie putt on the final hole.
Rahm, winner of The Memorial over a testing Muirfield Village track last month, was three strokes off the lead overnight and made a bright start with birdies at two of the first four holes, but that looked to be a fruitless effort when Johnson birdied three of the first five to race to four-under par.
But last week’s runaway Northern Trust winner showed his first signs of frailty when he bogeyed the 8th and 10th as Joaquin Niemann suddenly found himself in the lead on three under after his fourth birdie of the day at the eighth.
However, Rahm rattled home a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th and picked up further shots at 12 and 15 before holing a thrilling putt from 30 feet for a bonus birdie at the 16th, while Johnson got back to within a shot of the leader when he safely two-putted for a welcome four at the long 15th.
Niemann struggled to create makeable chances after the turn and a dropped shot at the 14th left him two behind Rahm, who closed out his 64 with two cast-iron pars before he retired to the practice range to await the final pairings.
Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama birdied 15 to get to two under, but he could not better par over the last three holes as he returned a 69 which saw him finish in a share of third with Niemann, who fired a 67 despite not carding a single birdie on the back nine.
Jon Rahm – What’s in the bag
- Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5˚, Aldila Tour Green 75 TX)
- Fairway woods: TaylorMade SIM (15˚, Aldila Tour Green 75 TX), TaylorMade SIM (19˚, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X)
- Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW, Project X Rifle 6.5)
- Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52˚), TaylorMade MG2 (56˚, 60˚, Project X Rifle 6.5)
- Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)
- Ball: TaylorMade TP5
“The last time I was No 1, I think I stayed there for quite some time, and another goal of mine is just to see how long I can stay at No 1”
Dustin Johnson has set his sights on an extended run at the top of the world rankings following his dominant 11-shot win at The Northern Trust.
Johnson feels he is back in similar form to when he was first ranked world No 1 in 2017, a position he held for 64 consecutive weeks, and his 25th professional victory at TPC Boston has taken him back to the summit for the sixth time.
The 36-year-old has spent a total of 92 weeks as world No 1, good enough for fifth on the all-time list, and he now hopes to buck the trend of the “jumping around” at the summit in recent weeks, with the top-ranking changing hands four times since mid-July.
“It’s something that I’m very proud of is to be No 1 in the world, and I’d like to stay there for a little while,” said Johnson, whose winning score of 30 under par was just one shy of the PGATOUR record set by Ernie Els in 2003.
“Obviously it’s been jumping around a bunch here the last few months, but you know, the last time I was No 1, I think I stayed there for quite some time, and another goal of mine is just to see how long I can stay at No 1.”
Johnson won the Travelers Championship in June but then failed to break 80 in two poor rounds in his next start at The Memorial, although he looked on course for a second major win at the PGA Championship earlier this month only to be outplayed by Collin Morikawa on the final day.
“I got my form back I think, and hopefully it’s good when it’s the same for all four days,” he added. “Obviously I’ve had some tournaments where I play good a couple of rounds but not four straight rounds.
“All week, I felt like I was swinging the same, I was striking it the same and I controlled my golf ball very well. So it was a lot of what I was doing when I was playing really well in 2017.
“So that obviously feels really good, and I feel like the putting is starting to come around and I’m rolling the putter really nicely. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the golf swing right now, so I’m really looking forward to these next couple of weeks.”
Johnson also insisted it did not take long to get over his PGA Championship disappointment as he felt he did little wrong on the final day in San Francisco, where his closing 68 left him two shots adrift of the impressive Morikawa.
Johnson insisted he did little wrong on the final day of the PGA Championship
“Obviously you can learn some stuff from the PGA, but I didn’t feel like I really did anything wrong there,” Johnson said. “I played pretty solid on Sunday.
“Generally, you shoot 68 on Sunday in a major with the lead on a tough golf course, you’re going to win most of the time. So obviously Collin just played very, very well.
Dustin Johnson – What’s in the bag
• Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5˚, Fujikura Speeder 661 X)
• Fairway woods: TaylorMade SIM Max (15˚, Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X , 21˚, Fujikura Ventus Black 105 proto)
• Irons: TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (3-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
• Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52˚, 60˚, KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S)
• Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited Itsy Bitsy
• Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (#1)
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Herman now 54th in the FedExCup standings; moves into the field for The Northern Trust next week at TPC Boston
Jim Herman booked a last-minute invite to the FedExCup play-offs with an incredible victory at the Wyndham Championship.
Herman started the week 192nd in the FedExCup standings and needing a top-two finish to have a chance of breaking inside the top 125 and securing a place at The Northern Trust, the first of three season-ending play-offs.
The world No 318 birdied three of his last holes on Friday to make the cut and then carded a third-round 61 to get within four strokes of Si Woo Kim, before posting a seven-under 63 at Sedgefield Country Club on Sunday to finish a shot clear of Billy Horschel.
Herman drained a 30-foot birdie at the first and struck a magnificent approach to set up a tap-in at the fourth, before jumping up the leaderboard by holing a 60-foot eagle at the par-five next.
The American cancelled out a bogey at the sixth by rolling in a 15-footer at the eighth to reach the turn in 31, with further birdies at the 13th and 15th putting him into a share of the lead.
Horschel, playing in the group behind, matched the birdies at the 13th and 15th but failed to get up and down from the rough to save par at the 16th, allowing Herman to edge ahead by converting from four feet at the 17th.
Herman made par at the last to set the clubhouse target at 21 under and leave Horschel needing a final-hole birdie to extend the contest, where he missed a putt from nine feet that would’ve forced a play-off.
Overnight leader Kim slipped down the leaderboard after racking up a double-bogey at the sixth and also bogeying the eighth after finding water off the tee, before three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn helped him to a level-par 70.
Kim is joined in tied-third with Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson and Doc Redman, with Simpson moving inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings after claiming a share of seventh with Harold Varner III.
A tied-23rd finish for Shane Lowry moved him from 131st to 122nd and sealed his appearance at TPC Boston next week, while Rafa Cabrera Bello missed out after bogeying his final three holes to end the week tied 37th.
WITB Jim Herman – What’s in the bag
- Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5˚, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X)
- Fairway woods: TaylorMade M6 (15˚, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X), TaylorMade M4 HL (20.5˚, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X)
- Irons: Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (4), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (5-PW, KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+)
- Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX (52˚, 56˚), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (60˚, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
- Putter: Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Tour
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1
- Shoes: FootJoy Fury
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