Bryson DeChambeau has a major title on his resume after winning the U.S. Open. Now, it’s time for him to take the next step, starting this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Prior to the U.S. Open, I wrote a piece saying that Bryson DeChambeau was not a real contender to win that championship. Boy, was I wrong. I will not make that same mistake this week as DeChambeau returns to action at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
DeChambeau and his new style dominated the field at Winged Foot. He bombed his way to his first career major championship crown. And now that he has proven he can win, including majors, there may be no stopping DeChambeau.
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The U.S. Open win gives DeChambeau momentum as the PGA Tour gears up for an important stretch of golf. That starts this week in Las Vegas, followed by loaded fields at the CJ Cup and the Zozo Championship, both of which will be played in the United States this season.
The crucial six-week stretch culminates with the November Masters at Augusta National. That will be the final major of the 2020 calendar year, but the second of six majors during the 2020-21 PGA Tour season.
DeChambeau is carrying the momentum of his first major title into a tournament, and a course, where he has won before. In 2018, DeChambeau won at TPC Summerlin, beating Patrick Cantlay by a shot. He has two other top 10s in this event, including a T4 last year and a T7 in 2017, so the course is obviously one that fits his eye.
Now is the time for DeChambeau to make the next leap in his progression. He has the major championship title under his belt and is the sixth-ranked player in the world.
DeChambeau is chasing the absolute elite in today’s golf world. Players like Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Those are currently the top four players in the world. Collin Morikawa is fifth, and DeChambeau is very close to taking over that spot.
The 27-year-old DeChambeau wants to be thought of in the same way that DJ, JT, Rory and Rahm are. So taking advantage of his current hot streak, as well as a friendly venue, are essential this week.
It could come down to how well DeChambeau putts at TPC Summerlin. He’s sure to hit it farther than the rest of the field. If he can convert long drives into proximity to the hole, he will give himself yet another advantage this week. And that’s what will be expected from DeChambeau as he continues moving his career forward.