Find out who the winners and losers were at this week’s U.S. Open, including Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed.
There are winners and losers each and every week on the PGA Tour. Find out who those players were this week at the U.S. Open.
Bryson DeChambeau – For all of his flaws, which include being mechanical and playing slowly, DeChambeau is not afraid to be himself. And his strategy worked to perfection this week as he won his first major championship at an unlikely spot. This likely won’t be the last major that Bryson wins.
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Matthew Wolff – The Sunday finish was not what he wanted, but placing second while playing just his second major championship was an impressive feat for the 21-year-old. With his length, Wolff will find himself contending for majors for many years to come.
Louis Oosthuizen – Is it me, or does Oosthuizen seem to find himself in contention at every major? He was there again this week, finishing in a solo third place with a 2-over par finish. With his smooth swing, it’s easy for the South African to keep things consistent, even when the pressure is on.
Xander Schauffele – Another player under 30 who seems to contend in every major. Schauffele finished 4-over par and was fifth alone this week. It’s only a matter of time before he wins his first major, and it could very well be a U.S. Open.
Harris English – Quietly, English had a big week, finishing 3-over par and in fourth place by himself. His opening-round 68 set the stage and, despite a 73 on Sunday, it was a solid finish for the talented English.
Jordan Spieth – It’s not that Spieth missed yet another cut. It’s that he missed it by a long shot. An 81 on Friday left him well out of the mix for the weekend. Spieth needs something to change, and in a big way. And that change needs to happen sooner rather than later.
Tiger Woods – The clock is definitely ticking on Tiger and his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. Each major championship that he doesn’t win is another missed opportunity for the Big Cat. And he doesn’t have that many opportunities left.
Phil Mickelson – Many hoped that Lefty could flip the script this week, heading back to the site of his most memorable runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. Those folks hoped that Mickelson could win here and complete the career Grand Slam. Three words. Not. Even. Close.
Sergio Garcia – His poor play continued this week with a 74-81, leaving him well off the cut line, Like Spieth, Garcia is nowhere near where he needs to be right now. And Garcia, at 40 years old, the window of time for him to get things changed is much smaller than Spieth’s.
Patrick Reed – It’s hard to remember, but Reed was actually in the lead on Saturday. Less than 30 holes later, he finished in a tie for 13th place after shooting 77-74 on the weekend. A 43 on the back nine on Saturday played a very large role in Reed’s demise this week.