This year’s US Open will go down in history as one of the most unconventional editions of all time. At first, it appeared to be a typical Open where one of the favorites was destined to become the champion. However, every scenario was shattered by the ultimate outcome – the crowning of Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau lifted the Championship Trophy thanks to his outstanding performance throughout the competition amid difficult conditions. Golf experts acknowledge that the narrow fairways and the ankle-deep rough of Winged Foot earn the course the label as the toughest of courses. Tiger Woods famously described it as one of the three hardest courses in the world. Nonetheless, DeChambeau was able to use his extra weight and strength to hit shot after shot since day one.
Bryson shows brain as well as brawn
Critics claim that DeChambeau’s technique isn’t what you might call refined. The golfer put in additional gym work over the spring to beef up his shots and improve his driving distances. He uses his strength to move his driver with an unusual speed and even the long grass at Winged Foot didn’t stop him. There were many skeptics that said his technique wouldn’t win the US Open at this difficult course but, after holding the silver trophy in his hands and setting a record score with a six-shot victory, who is brave enough to speak out against his unorthodox technique?
DeChambeau’s technique pays tribute to golf’s founding fathers
After this victory, legends in this sport are comparing DeChambeau with the players that originally founded the game. His out-of-the-box technique is very similar to those displayed by the early champions.
DeChambeau knows he made history. “For me, it’s about the journey. I can execute every shot more repeatable than everybody else. I was able to do that this week. That’s why I won by six,” he said, honestly if not humbly. The achievement, however, cannot be underestimated. DeChambeau’s -6 haul is the best score at a major championship since Davis Love III’s 1997 PGA Championship triumph with a score of -11, but it is to date the best US Open score at the course in history.
What next for golf’s big hitting game changer?
DeChambeau rolled in a 7-foot par putt when he was down 3-under 67 on a hole that did not allow another under par. He was two shots behind Matthew Wolff (one of the bookies’ favorites) but then he caught him in just four holes, passed him in five and gained the lead along the back nine. His performance earned him the category of “game-changer”, with former champions unable to decide what to make of his performance. “I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a US Open champion does”, said Rory McIlroy.
In six US Opens at Winged Foot (with over 800 competitors), DeChambeau is only the third person to finish the tournament under par. His end result: 6-under 274 was the lowest score in the competition. The biggest surprise of all: no one saw it coming. Bryson DeChambeau made history. He actually gave people a warning back in his 2019 season: “I’m going to come back next year and look like a different person”. He did and he does. He looks like a US Open champion.