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DeChambeau wins U.S. Open in a rout

Field Level Media
21 Sep 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

Bryson DeChambeau recorded a 3-under 67 on Sunday at Winged Foot to prevail by six strokes while winning the first U.S. Open championship of his career in dominating fashion.

DeChambeau had one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in his final trip around the course at Mamaroneck, N.Y. The 27-year-old was the only player to finish below par while recording his first major title.

After signing his scorecard, DeChambeau went back outside to accept celebratory comments from his parents through a video feed.

"You are all the best. Thank you for always sacrificing everything for me," DeChambeau said.

DeChambeau, 27, is just the third player to win an NCAA individual title, a U.S. Amateur title and the U.S. Open. The others are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

"It's just an honor, I don't' know what else to say," DeChambeau said during the trophy celebration. "It's been a lot of hard work. Mr. Nicklaus has been always awesome to me. Tiger has always been great to me. ... To be in that company is special. I will always appreciate that."

Matthew Wolff shot a 5-over 75 in the final round but still managed to finish second at even-par 280.

South African Louis Oosthuizen shot a 73 and finished third at 2 over. Harris English (73) was fourth at 3 over while Xander Schauffele (74) finished fifth at 4-over 284.

One of DeChambeau's highlights came when he drained a 37-foot putt for the eagle on No. 9.

The 21-year-old Wolff also eagled the hole but it was the lone highlight of a round in which he had five bogeys and one double bogey.

DeChambeau could sense victory was his after the action on No. 9 but had a quick pep talk with himself to not let down over the back nine.

"I had to keep focused and make sure I was executing every shot the best that I could," DeChambeau said.

PGA Tour Player of the Year Dustin Johnson (70) tied for sixth place with Will Zalatoris (71) at 5-over 285.

Justin Thomas (72) and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (75) were among five players tied for eighth at 6 over. The others were Tony Finau, Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson.

Patrick Reed (74), who led at the midway point, tied for 13th at 7-over 287.

--Field Level Media

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