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June 3, 2018 – Bryson DeChambeau – The Memorial Tournament

By Staff and Wire Reports of Global Golf Post

If you’re starting to put together how the U.S. Ryder Cup team will look when it goes to France in September, save a place for Bryson DeChambeau.

One of the PGA Tour’s true iconoclasts, DeChambeau has put together a strong season that reached its high point with his playoff victory at Muirfield Village. In 16 starts, DeChambeau has made 14 cuts, finishing first, second, T3, fourth and T5 this season.

“I struggled with my ball-striking all week but I was fortunate to get it up and down almost every time I missed a green,” said DeChambeau, whose first Tour victory was the 2017 John Deere Classic.

With tournament host Jack Nicklaus watching from behind the 18th green, DeChambeau rolled in a downhill 10-foot birdie putt to win after finishing regulation play at 15-under par.

“I can’t even describe it right now,” Dechambeau said. “To be able to win his tournament is such an honor.”

Byeong Hun An, like DeChambeau, a past U.S. Amateur champion, found himself in a playoff after both DeChambeau and Kyle Stanley bogeyed the 18th hole in the final round. On the second playoff hole, An missed the green with his approach and still faced a short par putt when DeChambeau closed the door.

“I knew he was close to making that putt because it just (breaks) a little bit right-to-left. I’ve had that putt before so I knew it wasn’t a tough putt and I knew he most likely was going to make it,” An said.

For Stanley, the par-4 18th hole was a nightmare on Sunday. Having just made a curling 30-foot putt on the 17th green for his fourth consecutive birdie that gave him a share of the lead, Stanley’s tee shot at No. 18 in regulation caromed off a tree branch and went backward into thick rough, forcing him to lay up with his second shot. 

Despite his closing bogey, Stanley snuck into the playoff when DeChambeau three-putted for a closing bogey of his own. In the playoff, Stanley’s tee shot flared right and came to rest on a steep bank near a fairway bunker, leading to another bogey that knocked him out of the playoff.

Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 grams 6.5-flex
Length: 45.5 inches (tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: Cobra King LTD Black (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 85 grams 6.5-flex
Length: 43 inches (tipped 2 inches)

5-wood: Cobra King F8+ Baffler (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 85 grams 6.5-flex
Length: 41 inches (tipped 1 inch)

Irons: Cobra King One Length Utility (4 and 5 iron), Cobra King One Length (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: Cobra King V Grind (50 degrees), Cobra King WideLow Grind (55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Putter: SIK tour prototype

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Republished with permission from Global Golf Post