Bryson DeChambeau bullied both Winged Foot and his competition in winning the 120nd US Open by six shots. The victory was the culmination of a full-body transformation and a pivotal moment in the distance debate. We’re discussing all that and much more in our 18 Parting Thoughts from Winged Foot.
We looked at Sunday’s round and found three distinct examples where DeChambeau’s length off the tee provided a significant advantage over Matthew Wolff, Harris English, Louis Oosthuizen and Xander Schauffele.
The praise for Bryson DeChambeau flowed freely in the wake of his dominant six-stroke US Open victory at Winged Foot, supporters and critics alike recognising his unorthodox methods resulted in his title.
Whatever ones lingered about whether Bryson DeChambeau’s plan to bulk up and hit the ball as far as possible would hold up in the cauldron and nuance of Major championship golf have been answered. This week at Winged Foot, he killed nuance.
While the rest of the field succumbed to Winged Foot, Reed fought back. Which is how golf’s lone wolf was the only one howling after 36 holes, Reed’s temerity and fortitude rewarded with the halfway lead.
The first green has so much hustle and flow, the USGA specifically tells players that its handling it differently than the other 17th, maintaining it a slower speed so that the ridiculousness doesn’t become too sublime.