Bryson DeChambeau closed out his 2nd win of the PGA Tour season on Sunday with a four-shot victory at the Northern Trust outside of NYC. L’Artiste entered Sunday with a four-shot lead and played very steady golf under pressure. He shot a stress-free 69 that included very little dramatics on his way to victory. With the win, Bryson will move past Dustin Johnson and into 1st in the FedEx Cup points standings. Leaderboard
It was not too long ago that we were watching Bryson crouching in tears on the Carnoustie driving range. He has since bounced back by getting into contention in Germany and now his victory at Ridgewood Country Club. DeChambeau now finds himself ranked 12th in the world and appears to be a lock for a Ryder Cup captains pick. The intellectual climate of Paris will be a welcome environment for the golf renaissance that Bryson is sure to kick off in September.
Finishing four shots back of Bryson was fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Tony Finau. Finau has been one of the most consistent players on tour this season. While he hasn’t closed out a victory in 2018, he does have three runner-ups and nine top 10s in total, with three of those top 10s coming in majors. He is long and straight off the tee, makes tons of birdies, and is a guy that other players love to play with...that is a pretty good way to earn a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Flat Bill and Billy
Tied for 3rd at Ridgewood was the duo of Cameron Smith and Billy Horschel. Starting the day in the top 5, the pair played solid golf on Sunday but were unable to make a charge at the lead due to Bryson’s consistency. Still, they both earned significant FedEx Cup points and are in great shape to get to East Lake in three weeks.
Other Leaderboard Notes
Ryan Palmer made the move of the day with a final-round 65. Starting the day on the bubble of the top 100 that move on to Boston, he shot a bogey-free round and moved up to 50 in the standings.
Aaron Wise had the round of the day going into the back nine before making two late bogies to tie for 5th place. He made a strong impression in his first playoffs start and will move to 15th in the points standings.
Dustin Johnson’s world #1 ranking is safe, for now. Brooks Koepka needed a final-hole birdie to knock his workout buddy off the top perch but had to settle for par. He’ll make another run next week at TPC Boston.
Sam Ryder made a valiant run early on Sunday but ultimately fell just short of moving on to next week. Ryder made four bogies on the back nine and then birdied 17 and 18 but finished the day at 101 in the standings, ending his season.
When we were young
Bryson DeChambeau is turning into another 20-something-year-old star on Tour. From the periphery, the Tour is getting younger, but do the numbers back it up? Laz Versalles dives into the topic and offers up some conclusions and questions that golf will have to face in the near future. Read HERE
“An Alister MacKenzie Design”
Robert Streb captured the first length of the Web.com Tour Finals with a playoff victory over Peter Malnati in Columbus. Malnati made a great run on Sunday in order to make up five shots on Streber but was unable to finish off the week in the playoff. Both players have confirmed their PGA Tour cards for next season and will be joined by Cam Davis and Shawn Stefani who finished 3rd and 4th respectively at the Scarlet Course. Leaderboard
Side note: Please do not say the Scarlet Course is a MacKenzie design. The Good Doctor and Perry Maxwell did originally design the layout, but a certain Ohio State grad “modernized” the golf course in 2005. That’s all I have to say on the matter.
Bacon & Eggs
Fox play-by-play guy and host of the Clubhouse podcast Shane Bacon joined Andy on the podcast. Their discussion ranged from this year’s USGA events to the upcoming Ryder Cup. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or the website.
Poutine for Everyone!
Canadian favorite and LPGA superstar Brooke Henderson captured her country’s home tournament on Sunday with a victory at the CP Women’s Open. The 20-year-old made nine birdies on Sunday and closed out the tournament with a four-shot victory. This is her second victory on the year and her 7th LPGA victory overall. Leaderboard
From last week
We had a busy week on the website last week, most notably with some fresh video content. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube page, if you are into that kind of stuff. Here are a few of the articles with their accompanying videos.
The return of the Punchbowl article and video
Eggsplorations: NorCal Edition article and video
On the Skillet: Streamsong Black #2 article and video
A trip to Golf Galaxy for a new putter on Saturday night helped Tyrrell Hatton to a bogey-free 64 on Sunday (1st in SG putting).
Italian Andrea Pavan made five back-nine birdies to rally past Padraig Harrington in the Czech Republic. Leaderboard