Bryson DeChambeau carded a closing 67 to finish six under par at Winged Foot, a record winning score by two shots at a revered venue where only two players had finished in red figures in five previous US Opens. He finished six shots ahead of Matthew Wolff, who began the day with a two-stroke advantage but faded to a closing 75.
The 27-year-old was the only player to break par on a demanding final day and the only one not to shoot over par in any round. Asked how it felt to be called the US Open champion, DeChambeau said: ‘It sounds amazing, but surreal. It’s been a lot of hard work and this one’s for my parents, it’s for my whole team.”
And his statement about hard work is accurate. But it wasn’t just the countless hours in the gym where he was putting on 20lbs of muscle to become one of the game’s biggest hitters. It wasn’t just all the time spent in swing coach Chris Como’s living-room-turned-swing-lab. It wasn’t even his closing 67 on Sunday, which was the lowest round of the day by three strokes, that delivered his first major championship.
It is his work ethic, and his drive to make sure that the sacrifice of his parents wasn’t a lost cause. “We had some very, very difficult times, but every single day they always wanted the best for me, and they always gave me the opportunity to go golf, go practice, and go get better, Bryson said.
Asked about his victory Dechambeau said, “It’s one of those things that doesn’t really hit you, it’s not going to hit me until tonight, but I will say that my parents have given so much up for me. I mean, there were times that I went to school without any lunch money, and we had to make baloney sandwiches and didn’t have anything to eat.
Again, his work ethic he showed again Saturday night after his round of 70 that day. Everyone else had left but at 7:35 p.m., in the dark with only Bryce and his caddie, Tim Tucker, and coach Chris Como, and one management team member, got back together and worked until he resolved his swing problem.
Como said DeChambeau works harder than anybody on Tour, which is saying something from a guy who used to work with Tiger Woods, the ultimate grinder.
We congratulate Bryce DeChambeau and believe his first major championship is just the beginning for this young and talented player.