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DeChambeau holds straight to claim U.S. Open title

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Although the rounds came out of order, let the record show that Bryson DeChambeau did record a 70, a 69, a 68, and, on the most important of days, a Sunday 67. He was the only player to shoot under par on day four, and the only player to finish under par for the week.

His six-shot victory was not a dominant one, but it was the next best thing: impressive. DeChambeau balanced strategy and sinew to perfection, decoding the challenges and opportunities offered by the West Course at Winged Foot, and he claimed his first major title just four days after his 27th birthday.

For nine holes on Sunday, DeChambeau was in a battle with pairing competitor Matthew Wolff. First #BigBangTheory, and then #RipDog, posted eagle at the par-five 9th, thanks to identical driver-pitching wedge combos. They went to the back nine at 5 under and 4 under, respectively. At 10, Wolff’s iron turned over just enough to miss the green and leave him the most awkward of stances. He made bogey, and the lead was doubled. The eagle at nine turned out to be Wolff’s only hole below par all day, and he would drop three more shots on the way in. Wolff finished the week at even-par, a number that many projected to win after Friday’s round.

DeChambeau simply gave no openings to anyone on this final day. His final birdie came at the 11th after his approach failed to release and finished on the fringe. Undeterred, he putted from the fairway, as he had all week, and the sphere found the bottom of the tin can. DeChambeau didn’t hit many fairways this week, but he didn’t need to. Clubhead speed and short approach shots conquered the rough, and the Calixan (a blend of Californian and Texan) played the course as if it were just another Fortnite stream on Twitch (where you might find him tonight).

The two, non-player topics to hold our attention all week are absence of fans and distance gains. Would the oohs and ahhhs, and possible interruptions, of galleries have impacted this week’s result? No question. Some golfers feed off the electricity, while others wilt. No doubt a chorus of “You da man” and “Big Bang Theory” would have caused some influence, at some juncture.

Next, what about distance? Remember 1997, when Augusta did its level best to Tiger-proof the golf course? DeChambeau is only 73 inches tall. What happens when a 75- or an 80-inch golfer adds the mass that he did? All facets of the distance conversation amount to one of many discussions to be had. Anyone see how well he putted? How well he chipped and pitched? How well he decoded slopes of greens? The puzzle was there for the taking, and one golfer solved it.

Cheers, kudos, Hogan hats off to the champion!

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. Barbara Barrett

    Sep 22, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Congratulations to Bryson from a fan since your beginning on the tour. I admire your intellectual approach and your work habits. I wish you continued success!!! Don’t let the jealous comments get you! You are always a gentleman and I’m proud to cheer for you!!!

  2. Maximillian

    Sep 21, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Good for Bryson. It’s not easy to be nicknamed “The Scientist” in a country that stands anti-science. It’s not easy to be considered intellectual in a country that pushes against education and critical thinking. He balances the science with great feel – see his variety of iron shots, short game and putting.

    One place he did “dominate” – I thought he was the only player in the field who didn’t let Winged Foot get under his skin.

  3. Joe

    Sep 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t watch him play. Totally forced and unnatural. Doesn’t look like he enjoys the game at all.

    • Rich

      Sep 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Yeah, all that winning can be a distraction.

  4. Mark

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Easy to bag a win when you cheat!
    Putter anchors against the left forearm – perhaps not strictly illegal but against the spirit of the rules! R&A / USGA – please fix that one in the next Rules update! – eg: No part of any club may extend 6” beyond the wrist.
    Also Rules Officials – Why don’t you penalise a guy that regularity takes more than 2 minutes over a putt?
    One good thing to come out of the 2020 US OPEN – Now they’ll definitely roll back the ball (at long last!)

  5. Jim Taylor

    Sep 21, 2020 at 8:41 am

    As a television spectator, I do not at all miss the galleries, the hospitality tents, the concession stands and the attendant Porta Potties. Wingedfoot is such an amazing course and facility and it presented itself so much better without Bobba Booey and Mashed Potatoes there to muck things up.

    I have often been highly critical of the USGA for how they have, at times, set up and managed course conditions throughout their premier tournament, but this time they demonstrated that they capable of doing things right.

    Much will be made of Bryson’s bomb and gouge victory only because he physically personifies the bomb and gouge golfer to a greater extent than say a Dustin Johnson or a Roy McIlroy, but the USGA absolutely must restrain itself from interfering through some senseless technological “rollback”. If they don’t, they will render themselves obsolete. “Making Golf Great Again” in this fashion, is a really bad idea.

  6. William Davis

    Sep 21, 2020 at 6:29 am

    I found it very uncomfortable viewing – the slowness, the mannerisms, the violence. But that’s just me. It is his life and good luck to him.

  7. MhtLion

    Sep 21, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Kudos to BDC for the hard-work, innovative thinking, and the courage to try new ideas! Bryson is definitely not a run of cookie-cutter golfer. I have no doubt BDC will inspire many next-generation golfers.

  8. Bob

    Sep 20, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Terrible writing. Not dominant! Are you smoking tar? He was 6 strokes clear of the field and The ONLY professional golfer on planet earth under par for the tournament. If I heard correctly on radio he picked up 8 strokes on the field today. Basically every other hole Bryson gained a stroke over the next guy. That is not only dominant that is incredible! Amazing! Historic! This was the toughest us open maybe ever with technology and analytics having maxed human performance and Bryson said nah! Hold my protein shake while I take this trophy. If this was tiger in his prime you would have wet the bed and claimed it was the single greatest moment in golf. Get a grip and get better writers. Maybe you should join Faldo In wine and cheese lounge and you can regale each other with the length of brysons wedges. Which are are longer than yours.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Sep 20, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      Hello, Bob. Thank you for checking in. You’re calling the writing “terrible” because of one split hair? That’s quite ephemeral of you.

      Did you notice that Bryson was one clear of Matthew when they sawed off the skin on nine with eagles? Also, fawns and faroles aside, Wolff’s performance has no impact on Bryson’s dominance. Dominant is a word reserved for someone who plows a field under from start to finish. Bryson didn’t do that. He chipped away, little by little, and stuck to his plan.

      Don’t you agree with me now?

      • MhtLion

        Sep 21, 2020 at 12:44 am

        I agree that BDC was impressive. Dominant? A bit tricky. I think he was dominant in the last 9 holes.

  9. Hyperbolic Anabolics

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    BAD isn’t natty though. Look at the Hawaiian Islands around that man’s pie hole.

  10. jeff

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I smile thinking about all the haters out there having an aneurism today. The bulging eyeballs and spittle coming from their lips as they mutter to themselves and whoever will listen; “It’s just not the way the game was meant to play”

    • Ronald Montesano

      Sep 20, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      I’m confident that Allan Robertson, Babe Didrickson, Joanne Carner, Ted Ray, Laura Davies, Frank Stranahan, Ben Hogan, and many more, made the genteel heeled ones quiver in their cups, as Bryson did today. Golf evolves, humans evolve. I’m with you, bruh.

  11. Miamistomp

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    how was that not dominant- Wolff looked like a deer caught in the headlightswhen the chips were down and Bryson never deviated from his plan

    • Ronald Montesano

      Sep 20, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      See what I wrote to Bob above. I blended your comment with his in my mind, so your answer is up their, labeled fawns and faroles. Tournament not decided until final nine holes. You can’t call that dominant. Tiger in 2000 was dominant. US Opens are rarely “dominated.”

  12. Rich

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Well, the Genius did it again, this time at a major. Not only that, his success can be directly attributed to his modern, innovative thinking. The only player under par for the day, the only player under par for tournament, and 6 shots clear of the field. He absolutely crushed the idea that you can’t bomb-and-gouge your way to a US Open win. And if he can do that to Winged Foot, imagine what’s in store for Augusta in November.

    BDC was my inspiration to try single-length irons 4 years ago (Wishon Sterling). I’ve never gone back, and iron play has gone from my weakest area to being as strong as every other part of my game. Thanks, Bryson! (And Tom Wishon, too!)

    • Ronald Montesano

      Sep 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      I don’t think that he will have the same advantage at Augusta. His advantage was strength out of the rough. Augusta doesn’t have rough like WF.

      Also, Augusta’s greens don’t feed like Winged Foot’s did. I bet the members ask Hanse to change the greens to non-feeder. Or, they will ask for hole locations that don’t allow true feeding, as the green jackets do each spring.

      He was brilliant, wasn’t he? He bided his time. He didn’t rush. Reminded me of Koepka in his prime.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/22/20): Adams MB2, Olson putter, Titleist TS3 head

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Bradh972 – Adams raw MB irons

A set of Adams MB2 in this condition doesn’t come up that often – these are highly sought after and considered the peak of Adams golf irons.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Adams MB 

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Made in America, one at a time, Olson putters are some of the nicest around. Now here is your chance to snag one for an attractive price in brand new condition.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Olson Putter

Member Taylormadehunter1 – Titleist TS3 driver head

With the announcement of the new TSi Series from Titleist, you can expect to see more TS driver on the market and for a great price. This TS3 head comes with extra weights and is hot melted, and ready to go.

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What players really think about fan-less events | dam Scott positive for COVID-19 | PGA Merch Show to be virtual

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By Ben Alberstadt
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October 22, 2020 
 
Good Thursday morning, golf fans. May you own the home stretch of your weeks the way Henrik Stenson’s did the “Dreams” Challenge.
1. What players really think about fan-less events
The Undercover Caddie (yes, I know some readers think UC is fake news, but I believe the source is a legitimate one)…
  • “What’s it like on tour without fans? You came to the right place. I’ve seen what the players have said, and though I’m not calling them liars, they aren’t being honest, either. In their defense, what are players supposed to say? We’re glad fans are at home. They’re pests. This makes our jobs so less demanding. Come on. No one is that boneheaded.”
  • “Listen, everyone misses fans. Most players are alphas; they enjoy entertaining you, and there’s no drug that feels as good as doing what you love and getting loved for it. On the caddie front, no one ever accused us of being introverted souls. But the fact is, life at the golf course is easier without spectators.”
2. Adam Scott positive for COVID-19
BBC report…”Former world number one Adam Scott has pulled out of this week’s Zozo Championship in California after testing positive for coronavirus.”
  • “The PGA Tour confirmed on Wednesday that the 40-year-old Australian will not play at the Sherwood Country Club.”
  • “Scott said his “focus now is on recovery” for the rest of the season.”
  • “In a statement, the PGA Tour said Scott “will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines”.
3. Mickelson nervous for fans in Houston
ESPN’s Bob Harig..”Mickelson said Wednesday he might skip the tournament, which announced last week it would be the first PGA Tour event in the United States to allow spectators, capped at 2,000 per day.”
  • “I think that they will do a very good, safe job in having 2,000 people at the Houston Open,” Mickelson said at Sherwood Country Club, where he is playing in this week’s Zozo Championship. “However, for me personally, I don’t like the risk that having that happen the week before the Masters. I just feel like the week before the Masters, like that’s a big tournament we have and I just don’t want to have any risk heading in there.”
  • “So it has made me question whether or not I’ll play there. But then I have to give the Tour a lot of credit and confidence in the way that they’ve handled the entire year and I’m sure they’re going to do a great job at keeping the players safe in that environment.”
  • “But because I haven’t seen it before, because it’s the first one out on the Tour with some people, I’m unsure and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. I don’t go out to dinner, I don’t go out and socialize, because I want to make sure that I have an opportunity to compete in the Masters.”
4. PGA Merchandise Show will be virtual
Golfweek’s David Dusek…“In an announcement that should come as a surprise to almost no one, PGA Golf Exhibitions and the PGA of America announced on Wednesday that the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show will be an all-virtual event.”
  • “The three-day event held annually at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, typically attracts more than 40,000 PGA of America professionals, manufacturers, media members and golf industry insiders. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing throughout the United States and the rest of the world, the safety of everyone involved took precedence.”
5. No fans for USWO
From the Golf Channel Digital team…“The U.S. Women’s Open will be conducted without fans because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced Wednesday.”
  • “The Women’s Open, originally slated for early June, was rescheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.”
  • “Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women’s Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships. “While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome fans and their unmatched energy at Champions Golf Club, we know this is the right decision for the community and players.”
6. Tiger talks distance debate in Zozo press conference
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard “…Whether the game’s rules makers should consider dialing back some of those gains, however, is a completely different question.  “[The rules makers] should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now,” Woods said. “It’s about what do we do going forward and how soon can they do it? You’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it’s not just a few of them.”
7. Record golf equipment sales 
Golf Digest’s Joel Beall…“Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced Wednesday that United States retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter. If that number sounds significant, it is, the first time sales in July, August and September have ever exceeded $1 billion in Q3, and serves as the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time.”
  • “For comparison, Q3 sales are up 42 percent over the same period last year, spurred by purchases of golf bags, wedges and irons.”
  • “The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year,” said John Krzynowek of Golf Datatech. “While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”
8. Tiger’s toughest test?
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“But the biggest challenge for Tiger may have nothing to do with the conditions or his uprooted schedule. Since the Tour’s restart in June, Woods, along with a few other players, have talked of how difficult it is to focus during rounds without fans at events and nowhere will that be more evident than at the Masters, a tournament defined by Sunday roars.”
  • “There’s no other place like it. It echos there, it travels,” he said. “When you know the pairings, you know where certain players would be at that particular time and you can figure out who’s doing what, and the roars for certain people are louder than others, and then you hear eagle roars and hole-outs on 16, or whatever it may be. It’s unlike any other place in the world.”
9. A thin slice of golf’s recent success pie
The Denver Post’s Kyle Frederickson…“Colorado’s golf renaissance is real.  Public golf courses operated by the City of Denver report a roughly 20-percent rise in rounds played this year and that’s despite being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus. Ed Mate, executive director of the Colorado Golf Association, said: “I’ve heard from some private clubs, anecdotally, that they’ve increased their rounds by 100 percent in a given month.”  The CGA compiles an annual survey of public course operators, and prior to this year, the state averaged about 1.5 million-1.7 million rounds played. That number is about to rise, by a lot.”

 

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This week is the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Golf Club, and with most of the worlds top golfers including Tiger Woods playing and prepping for the November Masters, there is a lot going on around the range when it comes to gear and testing.

As a reminder, you can check out all of our photos in the GolfWRX forums.

New Fourteen irons and wedges

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The irons are a throwback to a classic “channel back” style iron with mass positioned towards the top and bottom of the face to increase vertical stability of the blade while also maintaining feel.

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Justin Rose with Artisan lob wedge

The little shop from Texas continues to make big waves with more wedges spotted on tour every week including in former world number 1 Justin Rose.

Xander Schauffele’s new Apex irons and testing putters on Quintic

Xander’s prototype Callaway Apex irons look a lot like the newly released 2021 X-Forged irons but with obvious Apex branding. We also can’t forget about putting, and it’s cool to see a Quintic high-speed camera system on the practice green getting players dialed in to launch conditions just like how they would for a driver.

Ricky using older generation Cobra Amp Cell Pro Irons

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If there is one thing pros love, it’s a set of older irons—they’re the golf equivalent of putting on a pair of comfy broken-in jeans. For Ricky and his custom Amp Cell Pro’s with tungsten toe inserts, there must be some magic there because he has previously used multiple newer sets of irons but continues to gravitate towards these.

Shigeki Maruyama testing new Bettinardi putter

Shigeki isn’t someone to shy away from testing putters, and this week he was spotted testing one of the new Bettinardi putters that debuted last week in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek.

Pros are “just like us” – Justin Thomas and Mac Hughes edition

Yes, tour pros are just like us except for the fact that they are exceptional golfers, but even JT likes help in his long game and has a Titleist T300 3-iron in the bag, and when it comes to breakfast Mackenzie Hughes happens to like ketchup with his breakfast sandwich—although personally, I’m anti-ketchup when it comes to breakfast sandwiches.

Mickelson testing older X-Hot 3Deep

We’ve heard rumblings, of Champions Tour terminator Phil Mickelson testing 47.5″ drivers in the name of speed and distance, but as a way to also have a “fairway finder” it appears that he is contemplating putting his old X-Hot 3Deep in play. (Being able to identify a multi-generations old fairway wood from a distance based on its paint scheme is part of the reason we are WRX)

Gary Woodland testing Ping G425 driver

With the launch of the Ping G425 woods on tour a few weeks ago, it’s no surprise to see more players testing them in prep for the Masters, and for the fact that, they are the next evolution of the well-loved Ping G410—Gary Woodland is no exception.

 

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