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Updated September 21, 2020, 9:48 AM CT

DeChambeau dominates the U.S. Open

When: September 17–20, 2020

Where: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Field‎: ‎144

Course(s)‎: ‎Winged Foot Golf Club

Winner's share‎: ‎$2,250,000

      Matthew Wolff began the final round at the U.S. Open with a two-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau and despite a rough start he was still just a shot off the lead when the final group made the turn. That’s when things went awry.

“Was it the break on 10 when I was standing in the bunker or like the not-left bounce on 12, and then the second shot that got pin high on 12 and then spun back down the slope?” said Wolff, who closed with a 75 and finished in second place and six strokes behind DeChambeau. “I mean, it's just bad breaks. Like I said, you can't do anything about it, and it just wasn't meant to be.”

Following an eagle at the ninth, Wolff bogeyed Nos. 10 and 14, and doubled the 16th, on his way to his worst round of the week. 

Despite the struggles, it was his second consecutive top-10 finish in a major championship.

“I played really tough all week. I battled hard. Things just didn't go my way. But first U.S. Open, second place is something to be proud of and hold your head up high for,” he said. “I'm just excited to learn from this experience, and it's definitely not the last time that I'm going to be in this spot.”

Winner Bryson DeChambeau ended with a six-stroke victory over Wolff at the U.S. Open, would play at Augusta National this November.

“Length is going to be a big advantage there. I know that for a fact,” DeChambeau said. “I'm going to try and prepare by testing a couple things with the driver.”

DeChambeau averaged 336.3 yards off the tee at Winged Foot. He's been experimenting with a 48-inch driver shaft. “We're going to be messing with some head designs and do some amazing with things with Cobra to make it feasible to hit these drives maybe 360, 370 [yards],” he said. “Maybe even farther. I don't know.” Tough talk for someone hitting just 41 percent of his fairways at the U.S. Open..

DeChambeau will be the betting favorite heading into the Masters.

“I don't shudder, but if he can do it around here, and I'm thinking of Augusta and thinking of the way you sort of play,” Rory McIlroy said. “The game's moved on a lot in the last 14 years since the U.S. Open's been played here, and you're seeing what the game has become, what he's doing out there.”



List of exemption categories:

U.S. Open champions of last 10 years

Gary Woodland, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell

10 lowest scorers from 2019 U.S. Open

Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Chesson Hadley

Winner of 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Steve Stricker

Winner of 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship

Andy Ogletree

Runner-up of 2019 U.S. Amateur

John Augenstein

Winner of 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur

Preston Summerhays

Winner of 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur

Lukas Michel

Winners of the Masters, 2016-’19

Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett

Winners of PGA Championship, 2015-’20

Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jason Day

Winners of Open Championship, 2015-’19

Shane Lowry, Zach Johnson (Note: Francesco Molinari has withdrawn)

Qualifiers from 2019 Tour Championship

Paul Casey, Tony Finau, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Kokrak, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Kuchar, Sungjae Im, Rickie Fowler, Abraham Ancer, Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, Corey Conners, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover

Winner of 2019 British Amateur Championship

James Sugrue

Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormick Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking)

Cole Hammer

Top 70, Official World Golf Rankings (as of March 15)

Tyrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Jazz Janewattananond, Victor Perez, Shugo Imahira, Erik van Rooyen, Matt Wallace, Scottie Scheffler, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Christian Bezuidenhout, Sunghoon Kang, Bubba Watson, Brendon Todd, Adam Hadwin, Viktor Hovland, Ian Poulter, Tom Lewis, Shaun Norris, Phil Mickelson, Andrew Putnam, Keegan Bradley, Lucas Herbert, Eddie Pepperell, Robert MacIntyre, Kurt Kitayama, Chan Kim, Joel Dahmen


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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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