Bryson DeChambeau didn’t have a chance to repeat at TPC Boston in 2019, but he’s here this year at the Northern Trust in search of another FedEx Cup Playoffs trophy.
DeChambeau beat a field of 100 players at the Dell Technologies Championship, which was the second of four playoff events. The Southern Methodist alum fired 70-68-63-67 to beat Justin Rose by two.
He wasn’t the big bomber we know him to be now, but DeChambeau still averaged over 310 yards that week off the tee and hit 75% fairways. He was in the top 10 of all strokes gained categories except for around the green. That didn’t matter much as he avoided trouble and got up and down from the only bunker he found.
DeChambeau finished T-30th in 2017 in his other start at TPC Boston.
Aside from Collin Morikawa, you could argue DeChambeau has been the best player since the PGA Tour resumed in June.
The 26-year-old recorded four straight top-10s culminating in a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The total top-10 streak ended at seven counting events from February and March.
DeChambeau did not have a top-15 in his career at the majors until he contended at the PGA Championship. Despite not having his best stuff, he battled for T-4th and shared the lead for part of Sunday.
“It’s super validating. I don’t know how else to put it,” DeChambeau was quoted by ASAP Sports. “Very excited for the future for me. Look, my driving I think is only going to get stronger and farther, golf-course-dependent, obviously. But I hope in due time there’s going to be an advantage that’s out there that, you know, hopefully — I don’t know how else to put it in a nicer way, but gives me a really distinct advantage that helps me win a lot out here. I feel like my putting is good enough. I just have to improve the irons and wedges a little bit.”
There are some native areas and hazards that could give DeChambeau some trouble, but this course sets up well for him to use his length to his advantage
He ranks first on Tour in SG off the tee (1.175 per round) as well as birdie average (4.73) and scoring average (68.841).