Bryson DeChambeau captured his first major in winning the U.S. Open by in dominant fashion by six strokes while being the only golfer in the field to finish under par.
DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only three golfers who have captured an NCAA individual title, a U.S. Amateur and a U.S. Open.
DeChambeau carded a final-round, 3-under-par 67 to earn a decisive six-stroke victory over 54-hole leader and wunderkind Matthew Wolff, who was vying to become the first U.S. Open rookie to win the title since 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet in 1913.
“Surreal,” DeChambeau said. “It sounds amazing, but surreal. It’s been a lot of hard work, and I got to say thanks to my whole team.”
The 27-year-old SMU graduate became just the fourth player in the championship’s past 100 years to be the only player to better par in the final round and hoist the trophy.
DeChambeau is the only player in the six U.S. Opens contested at Winged Foot to post all four rounds at par or better, and was the only competitor to finish in red figures for the week (6-under 274).
Wolff finished with a 75 to post solo second, while Louis Oosthuizen (281), Harris English (282) and Xander Schauffele (283) rounded out the top five.
“It’s the longest week of golf that I’ve ever played, and something that I’m going to know for the future,” Wolff said. “Next time I play, I’ll just know that it’s going to be a really long week and a marathon, and I just have to keep my head high.”
The top 10 scorers and ties earned exemptions into the 2021 U.S. Open next June at Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course. That list includes Will Zalatoris, the leading money winner on the Korn Ferry Tour, and Zach Johnson, who was in the last year of his five-year exemption for winning the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews.