It’s been a disappointing FedEx Cup Playoffs for Bryson DeChambeau. Fortunately for him, it hasn’t completely submarined his chances at the Tour Championship.
He’s six shots back, but at least that just gives him more of an excuse to unleash the Kraken as he would say.
Besides a missed cut and a 50th in the Playoffs, DeChambeau has been incredible since the PGA Tour restart in June.
He continued a top-10 streak from February to seven events culminating in a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. DeChambeau nearly got over his woes at the majors, finishing T-4th and contending at the PGA Championship.
The tight, firm, and fast conditions last week at Olympia Fields aren’t suited to DeChambeau’s style. The fairways are still tight at East Lake, but the greens ought to be more receptive and the driver is the right choice on most par-4s and par-5s.
As long as he’s not too wayward, I like him to make strides this week. He ranks first on Tour in strokes gained off the tee (1.101) and is third in birdie average (4.53).
The former SMU Mustang is making his third Tour Championship start. He was 19th in 2018 and T-12th (T-7th gross) in 2019.
“I like it. It’s a ball striker’s golf course for sure, and there’s a lot of intimidating tee shots,” DeChambeau was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2018. If you can get past that and execute shots to the standards that, for me, I know I can, I’m going to have a very, very good week.”