DeChambeau rolls to 4-stroke win at Northern TrustField Level Media
August 26. 2018 8:20PM
Bryson DeChambeau carded a stress-free, final-round 69 on Sunday to post a four-stroke win at the Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., in the first of the PGA Tour’s four FedEx Cup Playoff events.
DeChambeau finished at 18-under 268 after 72 holes to move from ninth place to first in the playoff standings after a four-birdie, two-bogey round on Sunday.
Tony Finau, vying with DeChambeau for one of the four captain’s picks for the United States Ryder Cup team, fired a 68 in the final round and ended up in second at 14 under.
Billy Horschel (who shot a bogey-free 68) and Canada’s Cameron Smith (70) tied for third another shot back of DeChambeau. Ryan Palmer shot a 65 on Sunday to move up 21 spots into a tie for fifth at 12 under along with Aaron Wise (67) and Australia’s Adam Scott (71).
The win was the second of the season for the 24-year-old DeChambeau — he won the Memorial Tournament on June 3 — and the third victory of his PGA Tour career.
DeChambeau has recorded eight top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh.
DeChambeau, who ended up in ninth place in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings and the best player not guaranteed a spot on the team, likely locked up his invitation from captain Jim Fuyrk, who will choose the final four players for his squad following the next two tournaments.
It was the ninth win this season on the PGA Tour by players 25 years old or younger.
Justin Thomas (who had a 68 in the final round), reigning U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (69) and Patrick Cantlay (69) shared eighth place at 11 under.
Four players tied for 11th at 10 under, including Bronson Burgoon (66), World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (68), Nick Watney (69), and Canada’s Adam Hadwin (70).
Phil Mickelson managed only an even-par round on Sunday and finished tied for 15th.
Putts don’t fall for Tiger
Tiger Woods entered Sunday needing to post a very low score to get anywhere near the top of the leaderboard. Or at least to hit his goal of ending his day double digits under par for the tournament.
All he could manage Sunday was a 1-under-par score of 70 to end the tournament at 4-under 280, well off the pace. But Woods was pleased with his round on Sunday and upbeat about his performance, even if the greens didn’t cooperate.
“Today was great,” he told reporters after finishing tied for 40th at Ridgewood Country Club. “I had five lip-outs today. Those go in, and the round totally changes and flips and I shoot in the low 60s.
“Today I felt great from tee to green. I felt great over the putter. They just didn’t go in. I can accept days like today.”
The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup points standings will advance to next week’s Dell Technologies Championship in Norton, Mass.