Words by BGB Editorial
NEW YORK, New York: Not for the first time in his career Bryson DeChambeau took the game of golf and gave it a good shake at Winged Foot this week, and what fell away was a new way of winning a Major championship.
Forget the fairways and greens mantra, DeChambeau showed that the rough is merely an extension of the fairway, while much of the field cowered, he bullied Winged Foot into submission.
“It’s not about hitting fairways. It’s about hitting on the correct side of the hole and hitting it far so you can kind of hit a wedge instead of a 6-iron out of the rough.Xander Schauffele
“I think I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game,” DeChambeau said after signing for a three-under par 67, for a winning total of six-under 274.
“Now, whether you can do it, that’s a whole different situation. There’s a lot of people that are going to be hitting it far. Matthew was hitting it plenty far today.”
He finished Sunday six shots clear of closest challenger Wolff – who fell away with a 75 – as the only player in the field to break par.
DeChambeau found only 41 percent of fairways but that proved to be nothing more than a mere inconvenience for the hard-hitting American. It was his seventh PGA Tour win and a breakthrough major title.
Known as ’the scientist‘ for his deep analysis of the game, he proved that golf is not rocket science at all, it’s just a matter of finding a way getting around in the least number of shots, doesn’t really matter how the end goal is achieved.
“Everyone talked about hitting fairways out here,” said Xander Schauffele who shot 74 for fifth spot. “It’s not about hitting fairways. It’s about hitting on the correct side of the hole and hitting it far so you can kind of hit a wedge instead of a 6-iron out of the rough.”
“Yeah, he’s sort of trending in the new direction of golf,” Schauffele added, “and he said he wanted to do everything he’s doing, and yeah, happy for him. He’s playing unbelievable.”
Louis Oosthuizen (73) finished eight shots back in third. Harris English (73) was fourth.