Ashway: DeChambeau shows us golf's future

Bryson De Chambeau jumping to check the 18th green before playing a chip at Winged Foot Golf Club. He parred the par-four hole despite missing the fairway. He hit 23 fairways all week- an all-time low for a US Open champion beating Angel Cabrera's 2

DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of the only three golfers who have captured an NCAA individual title, a US Amateur and a U.S. Open. He was the only golfer to break par. "I don't really know what to say, because that's just the complete opposite of what you think a US Open champion does", McIlroy told the AP.

Look, he's found a way to do it. Whether that's good or bad for the game, I don't know, but it's just not the way I saw this tournament being played.

The big debate in golf at the moment is about the merits of distance v accuracy.

Bryson DeChambeau with the US Open championship trophy at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

He's already tinkered with every other facet of the game, from equipment (single-length irons) to how he reads putts (factoring in the rotation of the planet). "I don't think it's going to stop".

This week, Tiger Woods, missed the cut at Winged Foot, just as he had in 2006, when Phil Mickelson double bogeyed the 72nd and lost the US Open - the only Major he has never won.

BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter said DeChambeau had "ripped up the golfing playbook" but that it was "time to act" when finding fairways no longer matters at a major tournament.

American DeChambeau won his first major by six shots at the testing Winged Foot course in NY on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau's "bomb and gouge" approach has some of his fellow professionals concerned for golf's future.

DeChambeau thrust his arms into the air in triumph after sinking his final putt, triggering a smattering of applause from the credentialed observers who lined a course devoid of fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Revolutionize? Maybe he's just exposing our game in terms of, if he keeps hitting it further and further".

Asked by reporters for his take on DeChambeau's booming strategy, McIlroy did his best to praise the American for his victory while trying to offer his honest assessment on where the game is headed.

Former Ryder Cup player turned commentator Ken Brown likened the bulked-up DeChambeau's overpowering of Winged Foot to the groundbreaking high-jump technique created by Dick Fosbury.

DeChambeau is 235 pounds but hopes to be heavier before the rescheduled Masters, which tees off in seven weeks time in early November.

DeChambeau did not wait for anyone else to say it. Others may have been murmuring about it, but he articulated it in the public, as he said, "I think I'm definitely changing the way people think about the game". Wolff finished at even-par 280, a score that would have won four of the previous five US Opens at Winged Foot.

"If he can do it around here", McIlroy said.

"I think he's busy setting his own little way of playing", Oosthuizen added. "It's just I've gained so much so quickly in a year. eventually there comes a point where you can't gain much more but I still feel like I can get up there if I work hard enough".

That would leave him holding a wedge for his approach shot into the iconic par -5, a prospect that nearly certainly caused the green jackets at the Masters to reach for a bottle of antacids with one hand and Google "emergency landscaping services" with the other.



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